Country music legend Willie Nelson seems to have taken the shine off his Texas star this month after agreeing to headline a fund raiser for hardcore, left-wing Texas Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate, Beto O’Rourke.
The “Always On My Mind” singer announced on Wednesday that he was siding with the liberal Democrat who recently said that he agrees with protesting against the country during the national anthem.
But not all Nelson’s fans are as excited as the long-time country star is to join team O’Rourke. Since the announcement thousands of Nelson’s fans have taken to social media to slam the singer for siding with O’Rourke.
Before we get to some examples of Nelson’s upset fans, we should review why many true-blue American Texicans might be upset at the “Georgia On My Mind” singer for choosing the Democrat.
In August, Beto O’Rourke came out four-square in favor of NFL players who protest against the country during the playing of the national anthem. Naturally, O’Rourke’s comments were lauded by liberals across the nation.
But it is worse than just siding with the idea that petulant, millionaire NFL players have a right to protest against the very country that made them millionaires.
In fact, O’Rourke didn’t just agree that NFL players have the right to protest against the nation — which they do, of course. No, O’Rourke went farther than that and said that “nothing could be more American” than to protest during the national anthem.
‘I can think of nothing more American.’ — Beto O'Rourke — the man taking on Ted Cruz — brilliantly explains why NFL players kneeling during the anthem is not disrespectful pic.twitter.com/bEqOAYpxEL
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O’Rourke made his proclamation at a town hall meeting where he was asked if he thought the protests were disrespectful to the nation.
Per Breitbart News:
“My short answer is, no, I don’t think it is disrespectful,” O’Rourke begins. “Here’s my long answer, but I’m gonna try to make sure I get this right because I think it’s a really important question,” he says to applause from his Democrat audience.
“Reasonable people can disagree on this issue, let’s begin there. And it makes them no less American to come down on a different conclusion on this issue, right?” O’Rourke insisted. “You can feel as the young man [who asked the question] does, you can feel as I do, you’re every bit as American, all the same.”
The candidate then went on to cite Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his “non-violent, peaceful movement” to secure equal rights. Then, equating the Freedom Riders and those civil rights activists who were killed and beaten to NFL players protesting the country during the national anthem.
O’Rourke next added that protests arose because “unarmed” black teenagers and “children” are “being killed at a frightening level right now… without accountability” by police.
The candidate concluded by saying, “And so non-violently, peacefully, while the eyes of this country are watching these games, they take a knee to bring our attention and our focus to this problem to ensure that we fix it,” O’Rourke said.
“That is why they are doing it. And I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully, standing up, or taking a knee, for your rights, anytime, anywhere, in any place,” the Democrat concluded.
This is a good reason for patriotic Americans to turn their backs on O’Rourke, certainly. However, now that Willie Nelson is siding with O’Rourke, many fans are turning their backs on him, too.
Daily Wire reported some of the comments unhappy fans have left on social media:
–Goodbye Willie, I don’t support socialist commies! You’re not going to advertise on my FB page either. Like we say in Texas, Now Git!
–I agree, really thought Willie had more sense than this. Of course Beto want to legalize Marijuana! Lol
–Good bye Willie…you are not on the right side.. take a look around you and do the right thing…I always thought you were a patriot…wow what a let down. You would pick a socialist agenda and an Anti American fellow like BETO, shame on you.
–That’s it , I’m done . What a disappointment.
–Willie you just lost over half of your fans by getting involved in politics!! Fan no more!! I cannot believe you support open borders and gun control!! You have smoked too much dope! I guess that is what you and Beta have in common!
–I knew you were a liberal in your personal beliefs. That was obvious, but to each their own. But you had to take it to the public. Just when I thought you were smarter than that…I find you are not…Such a shame to get on the showboat. You just lost some of your I am above it all.
Well, there you have it. Willie Nelson is no longer on their minds!
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