Willie Nelson really looks like a Republican.
Willie Nelson really looks like a Republican.
Mike Brooks

Conservative Willie Nelson Fans Are Apparently Unfamiliar With Willie Nelson

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?

Others pledged to give Nelson up, like so many ex-Nike aficionados have given up their favorite shoes and apparel in recent weeks. 

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. 

Then there was this guy. 

Laugh now, but it's still more likely than not that these guys are going to win in November.

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