The flames are still flickering on that pile of smoldering Nikes NKE, -0.97% , yet we’re already on to the next #MAGA boycott: Willie Nelson.
Yes, that Willie. The weed-smoking progressive in cowboy’s clothing who supports same-sex marriage, speaks out against Trump and voted for Obama.
For some reason, however, conservative Texans were apparently shocked — SHOCKED! — when Nelson announced he’d headline a rally at the end of the month for Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic challenger to Sen. Ted Cruz.
There’s certainly a history there. Back in the summer, Nelson invited O’Rourke to join him for a little ditty. O’Rourke posted this video on his Facebook page:
Time to burn all those 8-Tracks, right Twitter?
There were plenty of voices of reason, from both sides of the aisle:
Still, the backlash gathered steam, and Nelson issued a statement saying he and his wife share O’Rourke’s concern for the direction of this country.
“Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine,” he said.
On Tuesday, Nelson also visited ABC’s “The View,” where he was asked whether the controversy bothered him. “I don’t care,” he said. “They’re entitled to their opinions and I’m entitled to mine.”
None of that helped, of course, so Nelson’s son Lukas, joining countless other fans, felt compelled to offer his take and try to find common ground:
‘The common enemy is our division. Together, if we discuss things in civil ways, we can start to realize ourselves not as patriots of a country or state or political party but as patriots of a world community that, whether we like it or not, is getting smaller and smaller. We all have to live with each other now — the old times have come and gone.’
Watch his whole video statement:
Meanwhile, Cruz and O’Rourke are running what promises to be one of the most closely watched and heated races of 2018.