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, pointing out what she views as hypocrisy on 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 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 Wednesday in a Twitter post.
Sanders said it represented Democrats’ ‘priorities’ for being outraged over Aldean’s lyrics while rising crime affects cities nationwide.
‘That tells you everything you need to know about the priorities of Democrats and woke companies like CMT that cave to the liberal mob,’ the Republican governor wrote on Twitter.
Sanders wasn’t the only politician to defend the singer. Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy said the song was ‘sacrificed at the altar of censorship & cancellation.’
‘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,’ Ramaswamy wrote. ‘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, @Jason_Aldean.’
Aldean hit back at critics, claiming that ‘these references are not only meritless, but dangerous.’
‘In the past 24 hours I have been accused of releasing a pro-lynching song (a song that has been out since May) and was subject to the comparison that I (direct quote) was not too pleased with the nationwide BLM protests,’ Aldean posted on social media.
Aldean also clarified that ‘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.’
Despite the backlash, Aldean’s hit reached No. 1 on iTunes on Wednesday.
Fox News’ Aubrie Spady contributed to this report.