Hank Williams Jr: President Obama is a ‘Muslim president who hates the US, farmers and the military and we hate him!’
Hank Williams Jr: President Obama is a ‘Muslim president who hates the US’
The Capitol Column | Staff | Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Country singer Hank Williams Jr ripped President Barack Obama at the Iowa State Fair Friday night. ‘We’ve got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the U.S. and we hate him!’ Mr. Williams Jr told the crow, according to USA Today. The country singer’s remarks were reportedly met with raucus applause and cheers.
Whether or not Mr. Williams truly believes that Mr. Obama is a Muslim, there a significant numbers of Americans who believe the president is. As recently as July of this year, 17 percent of registered voters said that they think the president is a Muslim. The poll, conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, also found that 30 percent of Republicans and 34 percent of conservative Republicans think Mr. Obama is a Muslim.
Mr. Williams Jr is known for making controversial remarks. In 2012, the country singer was fired by ESPN for comparing Mr. Obama to Hitler. ‘That’s like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu,’ Mr. Williams Jr told Fox News’ ‘Fox & Friends’ when asked about House Speaker John Boehner playing a round of golf with the president.
Mr. William Jr’s famous line, ‘Are you ready for some football?,’ was the opener to Monday Night Football until ESPN removed it from their broadcasts of the show. ESPN told CBS Sports at the time that ‘we are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.’
The country singer’s comments at the Iowa State Fair followed his performance of ‘We don’t apologize for America.’ The song, which takes a jab at Mr. Obama for taking a softer approach on the international stage than his predecessor, incorporates a line from an old Merle Haggard song:
‘Hey Obama, one more time
‘When you runnin’ down our country man
‘You walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me’
According to the Des Moines Register’s Joe Lawyer, the Obama campaign was not very pleased with Mr. Williams Jr’s remarks. ‘That type of absurd nonsense doesn’t really deserve a response,’ the Obama campaign’s Brad Anderson told Mr. Lawyer in an email.