Hank Williams Jr. calls Obama a ‘Muslim’ who ‘staged’ Sikh shooting

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
By Paul Martin

By Sean Michaels
The Guardian
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hank Williams Jr has become the second musician in as many weeks to accuse Barack Obama of plotting to destroy the United States. Just days after Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine claimed Obama had “staged” this month’s shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, Williams offered his own polemic against the US president, falsely accusing him of being a Muslim.

The son of Hank Williams made his remarks during a recent performance at the Iowa State Fair. As the crowd chanted “USA! USA!”, Williams Jr grabbed the microphone, Metromix Des Moines reported, declaring: “We’ve got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the US and we hate him!” The comments were reportedly met with “loud and enthusiastic” cheers.

Williams, 63, lost his job at ESPN after comparing Obama to Adolf Hitler last October. He later apologised, calling it an “extreme … analogy”. “I have always respected the office of the president,” he said. When contacted this weekend, a spokesperson from Obama’s Iowa campaign office told Metromix: “That type of absurd nonsense doesn’t really deserve a response.”

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