It doesn't look as if country singer Hank Williams Jr. is about to check his facts anytime soon. The singer, who has been down this road before, told fans at the Iowa State Fair grounds Friday night the Barack Obama is a "Muslim" who "hates the U.S."
The 63-year-old then said that he hates Obama and Joe Lawler, a reporter for the Des Moines Register who was at the concert, along with some 8500 others, reported that the crowd broke out into cheers after Williams Jr.'s remarks.
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Lawler said it seemed as if Williams Jr., with a history of ill-informed and inflammatory political statements, was going to get through this particular night without saying anything controversial. He wrote that "for a good portion of the concert it seemed like Williams had moved beyond issues of politics." But in the end, in fact near the end of the concert, that proved wrong.
"Following the song 'We Don’t Apologize For America' a chant of 'USA, USA' broke out amongst the crowd," Lawler wrote. "Williams smiled, telling the crowd that he was their mouthpiece and adding: “We’ve got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the US and we hate him!""
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One of Williams Jr.'s more controversial statements regarding President Obama came in 2011 when, during an interview on 'Fox and Friends', he compared Obama with Adolf Hitler. He admitted later it was an "extreme" analogy but said that he was simply "trying to make a point" and was "very sorry if it offended anyone."
But part of the fallout of his remarks was that his song, "All My Rowdy Friends", was pulled from 'Monday Night Football', where it had opened the show for some two decades. Once ABC made a statement saying they would no longer use the song due to the remarks, Williams Jr. claimed on his website that it was he who had made the decision to pull it.
Just last month in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine Williams Jr. said that the United States has "a President that does a call to the Koran or Mecca or whatever."