Natalie Maines Riffs on Famous George Bush Comment to Blast Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz
The Dixie Chicks‘ Natalie Maines isn’t afraid to let the world know her political feelings — nor is she afraid to be a little silly and self-referential. The singer shared her less-than-positive thoughts on presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Twitter by riffing on her famous words from 2003 about then-President George W. Bush.
On Saturday, Maines wrote on Twitter, “Just so you know … I’m ashamed Ted Cruz is from America ;)” while sharing a meme that compares a quote about war from former president Dwight D. Eisenhower to a quote about war from Republican presidential candidate Cruz. She followed up with another tweet shortly thereafter:
I stand corrected…Just so you know, I'm ashamed Ted Cruz claims to be American. pic.twitter.com/JUltNImOXH
— Natalie Maines (@1NatalieMaines) January 24, 2016
Maines’ second tweet is a reference to the fact that Cruz was born in Canada and moved to Texas (also the Chicks’ home state) as a youngster.
The phrasing of both of Maines’ tweets is a reference to comments she made back in March of 2003. As the U.S. was preparing to invade Iraq, Maines famously said, during a 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 swift and unapologetic, with radio stations banning the Chicks’ music and several artists publicly speaking out against the threesome.
In between her tweets about Cruz, Maines shared her thoughts about another Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump: “As long as Donald Trump’s decisions for America are as solid as his decision about his hair, we’re in good shape.”
In November, the Dixie Chicks announced plans for their first American tour in a decade. The country trio’s DCX MMXVI World Tour kicks off with a set of previously revealed European shows, but on June 1, 2016, Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Robison will begin the trek’s North American leg, playing dates throughout the U.S. and Canada through October.
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