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Willie Nelson Has 3 Blunt Words For Republicans Angry Over Beto O'Rourke Support

Ed Mazza


Willie Nelson didn’t mince words when asked about a conservative backlash over his support for Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic congressman from Texas now running for Senate.

Asked on “The View” about the angry comments, the county music legend had just three words for his critics. 

“I don’t care,” the 85-year-old native Texan said. “I don’t care. They’re entitled to their opinion, and I’m entitled to mine.”  

Nelson is performing a fundraiser for O’Rourke, who is challenging Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a tighter-than-expected race. 

Nelson said that he is surprised by the backlash since he’s supported Democratic candidates his whole life. But he doesn’t mind taking flak over it.

“I love flak,” he cracked. “We’re not happy ’til they’re not happy.”

Nelson has a new album of Frank Sinatra tunes just out, called “My Way,” and is performing this weekend at Farm-Aid, an annual benefit for farmers he started in 1985 with Neil Young and John Mellencamp.  

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.