By Robyn Collins
Natalie Maines is almost as famous for her political statements as she is for her music with the Dixie Chicks.
In her latest politically-charged comment, Maines called out country radio for exhibiting double-standards when it comes to politics. She compared the way she was treated in 2003 when she made anti-George Bush comments when Bush was president with the way radio is treating Donald Trump.
“I get banned for not liking Bush and now Trump can practically put a hit out on Hillary and he’s still all over country radio! Hypocrites!” Maines tweeted.
Maines was referring to a comment Trump made about Clinton: “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is — I don’t know.”
Team Trump said he was merely urging gun rights supporters to vote as a bloc against Clinton, and was not inciting violence against his opposition. “The Second Amendment people have tremendous power because they are so united,” Trump told a CBS affiliate in North Carolina late Tuesday.
The “banned for not liking Bush” comment from Maines was a reference to an incident in March of 2003. As the U.S. was preparing for war with Iraq, Maines said, during a Dixie Chicks concert in London, “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”
The backlash from the country music community was almost immediate, with radio stations banning the Chicks’ music and some artists publicly speaking out against the threesome.
The Dixie Chicks are currently out on the road, on their DCX MMXVI World Tour and are still making combative statements.
Earlier this year, Maines blasted then-Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz saying, “Just so you know, I’m ashamed Ted Cruz claims to be American.”
During their current tour, the Chicks have been displaying a backdrop of shocking newspaper headlines and photos of various men, including Trump, whose photo has been altered to include drawn-on devil horns and a mustache/goatee combination.
I get banned for not liking Bush and now Trump can practically put a hit out on Hillary and he's still all over country radio! Hypocrites!—
Natalie Maines (@1NatalieMaines) August 11, 2016