With midterm elections heating up in Texas, nation music legend and longtime hashish advocate Willie Nelson has thrown his weight behind Democratic Senate nominee Beto O’Rourke, who will maintain a rally at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas on September 29. The occasion has made an enormous splash, primarily as a result of Willie Nelson will probably be headlining the rally.
This isn’t the primary time Nelson has publicly supported the Democratic politician. In reality, Nelson invited O’Rourke onstage throughout his annual Fourth of July picnic earlier this summer time. During the get together, Nelson and O’Rourke performed collectively on “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “I’ll Fly Away.”
According to a press release launched by Nelson, it’s uncommon for him to be so public and open about supporting politicians and their campaigns. So uncommon, actually, that that is the primary time he has ever performed a free, public live performance for a politician.
“My wife Annie and I have met and spoken with Beto and we share his concern for the direction things are headed,” Nelson stated. “Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine.”
Tickets to the rally are free. But so as to get in, you’ll want to reserve tickets on O’Rourke’s web site. Along with Nelson, the occasion will embrace Joe Ely, Tameca Jones, and Carrie Rodriguez, amongst others.
Willie Nelson and Beto O’Rourke: Cannabis Advocates
While Nelson didn’t particularly point out hashish, it’s definitely one space the place the 2 figures appear to align.
Nelson has been probably the most outspoken advocates of marijuana in current historical past. In specific, he has been one in every of just a few nation music stars to be so outspoken about his love of hashish.
Nelson’s involvement with weed extends far past his personal private use. He additionally advocates for marijuana on the political scene. And extra just lately, he has moved into the authorized hashish business as a businessperson.
His model, Willie’s Reserve, sells his personal signature line of hashish in a variety of weed-legal states. Initially, the model rolled out in Washington and Colorado. Then, a short while later, his strains began promoting in Oregon and Las Vegas. Now, his merchandise are additionally being bought in California dispensaries.
For his half, Beto O’Rourke appears to share some similarities with Nelson when it comes to hashish. While O’Rourke is probably not fairly as public or outspoken as Nelson, he has made his place as a lawmaker explicitly clear.
For instance, in May he was requested about his stance on legalization whereas assembly with constituents at a doughnut store in Sonora, Texas. His reply left little room for confusion.
“I’m on a bill that would end the federal prohibition on marijuana once and for all,” he stated.
Conservative Fans Are Freaking Out
Nelson’s determination to headline O’Rourke’s rally hasn’t gone over too properly with the extra conservative-leaning, Republican portion of his fanbase.
As Huffington Post reported, quite a lot of (former) followers took to social media to vent their frustration. In specific, many have been indignant that Nelson is supporting a Democratic nominee.
“If thats true [than] I’m done after 45 years with the Red Headed Stranger. By Wille [sic], that smoke has finally got you!” one individual commented.
“Goodbye Willie, I don’t support socialist commies!” one other individual wrote. “You’re not going to advertise on my FB page either. Like we say in Texas, Now Git!”
Regardless, Nelson stands by his determination, and can take the stage at O’Rourke’s Austin rally later this month.