By Cliff Dunn
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – During a Labor Day weekend performance, country singer Hank Williams Jr. launched into a lengthy tirade against President Barack Obama which included critical comments about the chief executive ’ s support for marriage equality and LGBT civil right.
On Sunday, while headlining at the Stockyards Music Festival, Williams, 63, paused to say, “We’ve got a Muslim for a President who hates cowboys, hates cowgirls, hates fishing, hates farming, loves gays, and we hate him!”
Earlier, Williams had complained about “queer guitar pickers” during a performance of his song “All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down.” The singer also enjoined progressive and pro immigrant lawmakers to “move to Mexico” after he performed “We Don’t Apologize for America.”
Williams has melded the message of his country music with extreme populist rhetoric in the past.
During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” in October 2011, the singer referred to the golf summit between the president and Speaker of the House John Boehner as “one of the biggest political mistakes ever,” likening it to “Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu, OK?”
Co-anchor Brian Kilmeade complained, “I don’t understand that analogy, actually,” and a petulant Williams responded, “Well, I’m glad you don’t, brother, because a lot of people do. You know, they’re the enemy. They’re the enemy.” When a confused Kilmeade asked, “Who’s the enemy?” Williams shouted, “Obama!”
Fox co-host Gretchen Carlson quickly distanced herself from Williams’ remarks. “I just want to say that we disavow any of those comments or analogies that he’s made, at least I’m going to say that, disavow the analogy between Hitler and the president,” she offered.
After his Fox appearance , ESPN pulled W i l l i a m s signature single, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” as the anthem for Monday Night Football, which had been used in some form since 1989. During Sunday’s Fort Worth performance, Williams added new lyrics to his single, “Keep the Change,” in which he complains about the ESPN firing: “So Fox ‘n Friends wanna put me down/ Ask for my opinion/Twist it all around/Well, two can play that gotcha game you’ll see.”