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Hank Williams Jr.‘s son is defending his father after he compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler on Fox & Friends Monday.
Hank Williams III tells TMZ.com that musicians are “not worthy” of political discussion.
“The only person out there worthy of mixing political views and music is Jello Biafra,” added Williams III, referring to the Dead Kennedys musician who also ran for president under the Green Party of the United States in 2000, finishing behind Ralph Nader.
Williams III declined to share his political views with TMZ, saying, “I’m a musician … not a politician.”
ESPN announced that it was pulling Williams Jr.’s song, “Are You Ready for Some Football?” in light of the singer’s controversial comments.
Williams Jr. also backtracked on his comments Monday.
“Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood,” he said in a statement. “My analogy was extreme — but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me — how ludicrous that pairing was.”
Williams Jr. told Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade live via satellite from Nashville on Monday that Speaker of the House John Boehner’s golf game with President Obama was “one of the biggest political mistakes ever.”
“It’s like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu,” he said.
The Fox News anchors seemed taken aback at Williams’ comment. Carlson asked Williams to clarify, saying, “You used the name of one of the most hated people in all the world to describe, I think, the president.”
“That’s true,” Williams said. “But I’m telling you like it is.”
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