A lifetime of pot-smoking, tree-hugging, liberal-leaning activism apparently escaped the notice of some conservative Willie Nelson (former?) fans—until the iconic country singer/songwriter threw his support to Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic insurgent looking to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
Nelson is putting on a concert to support O’Rourke, who is surprisingly close in the polls as he takes on the arch-conservative Republican Cruz in deep-red Texas.
“My wife Annie and I have met and spoken with Beto and we share his concern for the direction things are headed,” Nelson said in a press release, according to The Washington Post. “Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine.”
Nelson’s planned concert hasn’t sat well with some of his fans. Naturally, they’ve taken to social media to express their displeasure, writing, “I’ve always thought you were a patriot but you have jumped the shark my friend,” or “Beto O’toole aka commrade O’Rourke is a step too far. Let me know when you come back from your bad acid trip. That is all.”
It’s puzzling to say the least that folks are getting butthurt about Willie’s support for Beto, given the fact that he hasn’t exactly been conservative in the past.
According to Mother Jones:
One fan pointed out what we were all thinking: “It has been pretty obvious for a very long time that Willie Nelson is not a conservative.”
The Post points out:
Nelson’s political activism goes back decades, with his support of the environment, same-sex marriage and, famously, marijuana legalization. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter invited him to perform at the White House. Nelson later said that during the visit he smoked what he called a “big fat Austin torpedo” on the roof of the White House.