Willie Nelson is going to headline a free concert for U.S. Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke at Auditorium Shores in Austin on Sept. 29.
It's an interesting headline — one that shouldn't come as a shock to anyone, given Nelson's history of support for marijuana legalization and his work for Farm Aid. Nelson already hauled O'Rourke, who used to play bass for the El Paso punk band Foss, onstage at the country star's annual Fourth of July picnic to play along with “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.”
“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. “Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine.”
Despite the freely available evidence, however, many of Nelson's conservative fans are none too happy with the fact that their man confirmed the obvious.
They debated which outside factors could've caused Nelson to support a Democrat. Was it California? Or was it just the weed?
looks like all that dope smoking has deteriorated Willie's mind gone off the deep end joined the libtard association— Floyd Parkinson (@floydp75423) September 13, 2018
Angry fans attack Willie Nelson over Beto rally appearance. https://t.co/3Cq16sdAkf
Seriously......THATS DISGUSTING I geuss Willie spent to much time in California...Anyone who cannot See this is all promoted by Cartel money is a Fool......True Austnites have Supported you Willie why would you LOWER yourself to this...SHAME ON YOU..this will Damage FARM AIDE— Cynthia L Simpson (@fullhousetx) September 13, 2018
Others pledged to give Nelson up, like so many ex-Nike aficionados have given up their favorite shoes and apparel in recent weeks.
Someone buy my Willie Nelson ticket for Friday, November 16. I am no longer willing to watch that hippie guitarist who supports that damn socialist running for Senate.— Dakota Boll (@BollDakota) September 13, 2018
Some felt the need to warn Nelson and that fans he would "loose," or to blame him for all the abuse he was receiving online.
You know that you won't gain ANY fans by playing Beto. In fact, you only stand to loose half your fans, as I am sure some conservatives were fans. Count me as one of the fans that you can say goodbye to.— Deepthroat2018 (@johnson_ringo) September 13, 2018
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Then there was this guy.
@WillieNelson Nice to know that Nelson is an Anti USA Traitor2Freedom Liberty Constitution Veterans Citizens Patriots USA! he's a freaking communist & would have America like Venezuela! boycott Nelson! Maybe he can move 2north korea 2B happy— JohnMark_IB (@JohnMark_IB) September 13, 2018
Laugh now, but it's still more likely than not that these guys are going to win in November.