After the Texas music icon announced that he'll headline a September 29 Austin, Texas, rally for Democrat Beto O'Rourke - who is challenging Republican Ted Cruz for a seat in the U.S. Senate - fans began speaking out about the 85-year-old musician. Recent polling has O'Rourke unexpectedly running neck-and-neck with Cruz, and some pundits are predicting he could actually win against the longtime incumbent Republican, according to the New York Times.
Williams wrote on Facebook. He added: "Like we say in Texas, Now Git".
On Nelson's Facebook page, where he posted an article from news outlet Austin360 with the announcement, some of the most striking remarks accuse the performer of aligning with what they believe to be the "socialist" positions of O'Rourke.
The campaigns for Senator Cruz and Democrat Beto O'Rourke announced three dates, all between September 21 and October 16. "You would pick a socialist agenda and an Anti American fellow like BETO, shame on you".
Other fans said those complaining were ignorant of who they supported.
Nelson has been very open about his political views for his entire career; he's shown his support for the environment, same-sex marriage, and marijuana legalization. "Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine", Nelson said in a public statement about the upcoming event. Whether he's performing on the White House's South Lawn for President Jimmy Carter or getting Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe in trouble for taking a picture with pot on the table, ol' Willie isn't afraid to cross music and politics. Many also pointed out that Willie - who called out the Trump administration for it's draconian immigration policies, supported Obama's presidential bid and smokes a whole lot of fucking weed - hasn't exactly been shy about his left-leaning views.