Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy spoke out in defense of country singer Jason Aldean after his anti-crime, pro-gun song about the 2020 riots sparked outrage online.
“Jason Aldean writes a song defending the values that ALL Americans used to share – faith, family, hard work, patriotism – only to be immediately sacrificed at the altar of censorship & cancellation. These are the same people who cheer songs like ‘Cop Killer’ & the glorification of sex and violence in hip-hop. Stand strong against these hypocrites and opportunist frauds,” Ramaswamy told his over 750,000 followers on Twitter.
“It’d be a real shame if the song hits #1. We’ll do our part & play it at our rallies.”
2024 presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy spoke out in defense of country singer Jason Aldean after his anti-crime, pro-gun song about the 2020 riots sparked outrage online. ((LEFT) Jason Kempin // (RIGHT) Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
“Jason Aldean shot this at the site where a white lynch mob strung Henry Choate up at the Maury County Courthouse in Columbia, Tenn., after dragging his body through the streets with a car in 1927,” Mississippi Free Press editor Ashton Pittman tweeted Monday. “That’s where Aldean chose to sing about murdering people who don’t respect police.”
Aldean pushed back on claims that the song has racial undertones or was in any intended to be racist in messages posted to Instagram and Twitter.
“There is not a single lyric in the song that references race or points to it- and there isn’t a single video clip that isn’t real news footage -and while I can try and respect others to have their own interpretation of a song with music – this one goes too far,” he wrote.
Brittany Aldean shared a selfie with her husband while on the beach and wrote, “Never apologize for speaking the truth.”
The media coverage against Aldean in wake of his video, originally released in March, has been largely negative. (Monica Murray)
The media coverage against Aldean in wake of his video, originally released in March, has been largely negative.
Fox News’ Tracy Wright and Kristine Parks contributed to this report.