Hank Williams Jr.
Hank Williams Jr. continues to make his feelings about President Obama as well-known as possible, spouting off about the Commander-in-Chief at a music festival Sunday. And this time, his comments are drawing some blowback from a well-known celebrity tweeter: Alec Baldwin.
“We’ve got a Muslim for a President who hates cowboys, hates cowgirls, hates fishing, hates farming, loves gays, and we hate him!” Williams said to the crowd at Stockyards Music Festival in Fort Worth, Texas, reports DallasNews.com.
According to the report, the country singer also called out “queer guitar pickers” and told liberal politicians to “move to Mexico.”
The newspaper reported that the 63-year-old singer's comments were met by applause, with one man “waving a Confederate flag in front of the stage.” Williams’ choice of words appears to be a new mantra, as he made almost identical comments at the Iowa State Fair in August.
“What a disgusting human being,” reader Mark Frisk wrote on DallasNews.com.
“Hank has a right to be upset with Obama,” reader David Simmons said. “Obama has voted on weapons bans on a lot of guns that Hank owns, He wants to put extreme taxes on his private jet and tax what ever else is left too. Entertainers suffer the worst in a bad economy because it is a luxury to go to a concert or buy a CD. Obama has done nothing to improve [our] economy.”
Reader Rex Curry added, “Hank Williams Jr. and Ted Nugent are great representatives of the Republican party.”
But not everyone is so supportive: actor Alec Baldwin has taken to his Twitter account and called Williams out: "If Hank Williams Jr wasn't such a pathetic, wheezing fossil I'd have a talk with him," wrote the actor Tuesday. "I think we need to call Hank Williams Jr what he is.... A broken-down, senile, racist coot."
"I love to insult these right-wingers, draw them out, then block them," he wrote in an earlier tweet.
Williams is a political activist who campaigned for George W. Bush in the 2000 election, rewriting his song "Young Country" to include the lyric, "This is Bush-Cheney Country.” In 2008, he altered his song "Family Tradition" to be “McCain-Palin Tradition” in support of that year's GOP ticket.
This July, the rocker released his new album, “Old School, New Rules,” featuring several tracks blasting Obama and the state of the country. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he explained, “If I was at my office and I could get to my Internet and list the things like where our economy is –- you don't want to go there with me. I mean, (Obama) is the worst.”
Williams’ latest comments come nearly a year after he compared Obama to Hitler on Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends.” Reports Sports Illustrated, Williams was discussing the fact that Obama and Vice President Biden played a round of golf with two Republican leaders, commenting, “That'd be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu.”
While on-air, the show’s anchor Gretchen Carlson questioned, "You used the name of one of the most hated people in all of the world to describe, I think, the president."
Williams replied, "Well, that is true. But I'm telling you like it is."
Following the appearance, ESPN pulled the rocker’s Monday Night Football theme song from its weekly game-cast.
Williams responded in a statement, "Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme - but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me - how ludicrous that pairing was. They're polar opposites and it made no sense. They don't see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the president."