Willie Nelson says there’s always a new politician to hate
Willie Nelson says there’s a reason he’s largely avoided wading into politics over the years: It’s hard to keep up with all the politicians he hates because they’re constantly changing.
“I’ve made it a point to stay away from politics, because every four years it changes,” the legendary “Always on My Mind” singer says in an interview with The Daily Beast published Wednesday.
“You get used to hating one guy, then another one comes in, then you get used to hatin’ him,” says Nelson, 87.
“I’ve never gotten into politics, and that’s the reason. I don’t like mixing up my audience like that,” he adds.
The Texas-born musician also cites his desire to appeal to all of his fans — no matter their political stripes — as a reason he tends to steer clear of politics.
“If I go play music, they’re probably Democrats, Republicans, independents, and everything you imagine there, and I’m not going to do anything to piss ’em off. If they want to vote Republican, that’s fine, as long as they like ‘On the Road Again,'” he says.
Nelson, a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization, says there was a reason he made an exception to his inclination to avoid politics for former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), whom he endorsed in his failed 2018 bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R).
“Well, Beto was a big pot smoker — was — and he was for legalization, so that’s the main reason I came out for him,” says Nelson. “Plus, he’s a good guy, ya know.”
Asked how he feels about Cruz, Nelson replies, “I don’t know him — probably never will. And that’s cool, too.”
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