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Hank Williams Jr. Addresses Controversial Comments

Hank Williams Jr.
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When Hank Williams Jr. appeared on ‘Fox and Friends’ on Monday and compared a golf match between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, who is a Republican, to “Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu,” it set off a storm of controversy. ESPN immediately yanked his intro to ‘Monday Night Football’ and issued a statement distancing themselves from the singer and his remarks.

Hank is in damage control mode today, as he posted a statement on his website about his comments, attempting to clarify them and place them in a context. He did not apologize, nor did he take his words back. He merely attempted to contextualize and explain them. The statement read as follows:

“Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme – but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me – how ludicrous that pairing was. They’re polar opposites and it made no sense. They don’t see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the President.”

“Every time the media brings up the tea party it’s painted as racist and extremists – but there’s never a backlash – no outrage to those comparisons… Working class people are hurting – and it doesn’t seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job – it makes a whole lot of us angry. Something has to change. The policies have to change.” – Hank Williams, Jr.

Watch Hank Williams Jr. on ‘Fox and Friends’

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