From a review of Hank Williams Jr.'s show at the Iowa State Fair on Friday night:
Following the song "We Don't Apologize For America" a chant of "USA, USA" broke out amongst the crowd. Williams smiled, telling the crowd that he was their mouth piece and adding:By now I'm used to the rest of this crap, but "hates farming"? Seriously?
"We've got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the US and we hate him!"
The cheers that followed were loud and enthusiastic.
But this is just business as usual for Hank Jr. Most famously, in 2011 he said that President Obama playing golf with John Boehner was like "Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu." When ESPN decided it would no longer use his song "Are You Ready for Some Football?" as the theme song for Monday Night Football in the wake of that incident, Jr. implausibly insisted he made the decision to sever ties with ESPN, not the other way around.
He's been a hate-filled jerk for a while. As he was releasing Old School, New Rules, his new album, a couple of months ago, he discussed one of the new songs with a Rolling Stone interviewer:
On "Keep the Change," you sing, "I'll keep my freedom / I'll keep my guns / I'll keep my money / and my religion too … I will keep my Christian name and you all can keep the change." What did you mean by that?What is he talking about? A call to the Koran? And who's asking anyone to undergo a name change? Next to this guy, Ted Nugent seems like a Burkean philosophe.
Exactly what I said, cousin.
Yeah, but when you talk about your Christian name ...
You know, we've got a President that does a call to the Koran or Mecca or whatever. That's what I meant. That's exactly what I meant. I won't be changing my name to whatever. That's exactly what I meant.
Elsewhere on the new album, there's the inevitable teleprompter reference. And of course, Jr. wrote an earlier tune called "If the South Would Have Won" (quoted below with Dave Zirin's gloss at the end):
"If the South would have won we would have it made. / I'd make my supreme court down in Texas / and we wouldn't have no killers getting off free / If they were proven guilty then they would swing quickly / instead of writing' books and smiling' on TV / We'd put Florida on the right track, 'cause we’d take Miami back." (From who? Jews? Cubans? Haitians? Or will Hank go for the trifecta?)The Rolling Stone interview makes clear that Hank Jr. supports Mitt Romney reluctantly -- he did roboclls for Rick Santorum during the primaries and, according to Rolling Stone, likes teabag heroes Marco Rubio and Richard Mourdock a lot more than Mitt Romney. But I bet he'd be spew this crap at a Romney event if asked. Wonder how soon that'll happen.