Willie Nelson Is Headlining An Event For Beto O’Rourke, And Conservatives Are LOSING IT

Willie Nelson is definitely getting up there in years, but there’s always time for firsts. And for the first time EVER, the 85-year-old country music star will take the stage to perform on behalf of a political candidate.

Nelson is the headline act for a rally in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 29 for Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic Texas Senate candidate who has gained national fame for his punk rock past and a viral video of him defending NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest racial inequality.

“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 statement, Rolling Stone reported. “Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine.”

To be certain, Nelson has performed in a number of political settings, including on the White House’s South Lawn for President Jimmy Carter back in 1980. And much, much more recently — as in, July — Nelson brought O’Rourke onstage to play guitar as he finished his set list with the classics “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”

But this month will mark the first time he has strummed and sung directly for a political candidate.

O’Rourke is mounting a grassroots, underdog campaign in a traditionally solid red state with rapidly changing demographics where Democrats see future inroads.

O’Rourke trailed by 4 points in a recent poll to incumbent GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, who also has a national following after unsuccessful primary bids for president in 2012 and 2016.

Donald Trump won the Lone Star State by 9 points over Hillary Clinton in 2016 after Republican Mitt Romney defeated Barack Obama by 16 points in 2012.

Nelson has received backlash from many of his fans on Facebook and Twitter for dipping into politics.

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One thought on “Willie Nelson Is Headlining An Event For Beto O’Rourke, And Conservatives Are LOSING IT

  • September 13, 2018 at 5:17 pm
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    I go for Willie 100% before all those faux preachers and Christians sucking up to Trump
    go Beto.

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