Republican Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders slammed left-wing activists for trying to cancel country music star Jason Aldean’s latest anti-crime music video, citing what she sees as hypocrisy over public safety.
Aldean recently released a video for “Try That In a Small Town” that included actual news clips of riots and looting in 2020. After activists claimed it was “racist and violent” for Aldean to suggest that lawlessness would not be tolerated in a small town, CMT pulled the music video from circulation.
“The Left is now more concerned about @Jason_Aldean’s song calling out looters and criminals than they are about stopping looters and criminals,” Sanders wrote in a Twitter post Wednesday.
Sanders said it represents the “priorities” of Democrats as they rage over Aldean’s lyrics while rising crime plagues cities across the country.
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“This tells you all you need to know about the Democrats’ priorities and wakes up companies like CMT who cave to the liberal mob,” the Republican governor wrote on Twitter.
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Sanders wasn’t the only politician to defend the singer. Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy said the song was “sacrificed on the altar of censorship and cancellation.”
“Jason Aldean writes a song defending the values that all Americans share — faith, family, hard work, patriotism — only to be immediately sacrificed on the altar of censorship and cancellation,” Ramaswamy wrote. “These are the same people who make songs like “Cop Killer” happy and glorify sex and violence in hip-hop. Stand strong against these hypocrites and opportunistic frauds, @Jason_Aldean.”
Aldean hit back at critics, claiming that “these references are not only baseless, but dangerous.”
“In the last 24 hours I’ve been accused of releasing a pro-lynching song (a song that’s been out since May) and was compared to the (direct quote) nationwide BLM protests I wasn’t too happy about,” Aldean posted. social media.
Aldean also clarified that “there is not a single lyric in the song that references or alludes to race – and there is not a single video clip that is not actual news footage.”
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Despite the backlash, Aldean’s hit reached No. 1 on iTunes on Wednesday.
Fox News’ Aubrey Speedy contributed to this report.