Natalie Maines Decries Donald Trump, Country Radio ‘Hypocrites’
Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines is apparently still not ready to make nice. More than a decade after she made career-damaging remarks about then-President George W. Bush, the singer turned to social media on Wednesday (Aug. 10) to vent her frustrations with 2016 Republican nominee Donald Trump and what she sees as a double standard at country radio.
The native Texan created one of the biggest controversies in country music history on March 10, 2003, when she famously told a London concert audience, in response to Bush's plans to invade Iraq, that she was “ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas."
The comments caused a backlash that saw the Chicks banned from country radio, and though they went on to release the Grammy-winning Taking the Long Way in 2006 — which featured the defiant "Not Ready to Make Nice" — they took a decade-long break after realizing that country radio was no longer on their side.
In the eyes of many pundits and voters, Trump has repeatedly moved the bar for acceptable discourse in a presidential campaign over the last year, from his plan to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to his call to ban all Muslims from the country. Most recently he has clashed repeatedly in public with the family of a soldier who gave his life in service of the U.S., and on Tuesday, (Aug. 9), the real estate mogul and reality TV star took his rhetoric a step further during a rally in North Carolina, claiming his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, wants to appoint Supreme Court justices who will work to abolish the Second Amendment.
"If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks," Trump said, according to the New York Times. "Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don't know."
The comment was widely construed as advocating violence against Clinton or her potential picks, earning Trump the censure of not only his rivals, but many Republicans. Maines turned to Twitter to express her dismay:
It's unclear whether Maines was referencing Trump's ongoing appearances on radio shows that air on some of those stations, or country stations' reportage of the candidate and acceptance of his ads. When the Dixie Chicks mounted their tour in support of Taking the Long Way, they found that not only would country radio not play their music, many stations would not accept their paid ads for concerts.
The Chicks recently reunited for their first U.S. tour in 10 years. Their DCX MMXVI Tour has been playing some of the largest venues in the country, despite the lack of a new album. They have made no secret of their disdain for Trump; they defaced an image of the candidate during their opening night in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 1.
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