Hank Williams Jr., seen here performing at the Country Music Association (CMA) Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee in June, made controversial political comments during a concert on Friday. (Photo : Reuters)
Country singer Hank Williams Jr. again made controversial comments about President Obama during a concert at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand last Friday.
Williams Jr. told a crowd of nearly 8,500, "We've got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the US and we hate him!" He was met by loud and enthusiastic cheers, the Des Moines Register reported.
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The legendary singer is no stranger to political controversy. In October 2010, Williams Jr. appeared on television show "Fox and Friends," where he criticized a game of golf between Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner, saying "It'd be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu." His comment caused executives at ESPN to drop his theme song for "Monday Night Football" after 22 years.
In a later interview with Rolling Stone, Williams Jr. accused Obama of making "a call to the Koran or Mecca or whatever." He added that he stood behind his comments made on Fox.
When asked why he thought the president hated the U.S., the singer said he couldn't say. However, he did admit it gave him inspiration for his latest LP, Old School, New Rules, which is filled with political commentary aimed at Obama.
In response to Friday's comments, Brad Anderson from the Obama campaign in Iowa told the Des Moines Register, "That type of absurd nonsense doesn't really deserve a response."