Fox News Reports That Fans Are Just “Furious” Willie Nelson Would Have a Rally With Beto O’Rourke

Clearly, they’re true fans.

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On Wednesday, music legend Willie Nelson announced he’d headline a rally for Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who is challenging Sen. Ted Cruz, at a Texas amphitheater later this month. According to Fox News, fans are absolutely “furious” that a pot-smoking, reincarnation-believing, environmentalist like Nelson would do such a thing.

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 announcing the concert. “Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine.”

Nelson shared the press release on his Facebook page, and according to Fox, “fans were taken aback” by the news, writing things like, “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.” Another commented, “Goodbye Willie, I don’t support socialist commies!”

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.”

Nelson has in the past supported candidates like Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and once wrote a Trump-inspired song called “Delete and Fast-Forward.” Here are some of the lyrics:

Delete and fast-forward, my son
The elections are over and nobody won
You think it’s all endin’ but it’s just settin’ in
So delete and fast-forward, my friend

Delete and fast-forward the news
The truth is the truth, but believe what you choose
When we blow the whole world back to where it began
Just delete and fast-forward again

My word.

The rally is scheduled for September 29.


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