Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines Definitely Not Ready to Make Nice, Calls Country Radio 'Hypocrites' Over Trump Support
Natalie Maines is clearly still not remotely ready to make nice. The outspoken Dixie Chicks singer took to Twitter early Thursday morning (Aug. 11) to vent her anger about some recent comments made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and the double standard she sees in how the real estate mogul's controversial call to arms was received.
"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!," she wrote.
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
Maines was referring to a Trump rally on Tuesday at which the candidate claimed that "Hillary wants to abolish... essentially abolish the Second Amendment," repeating his suggestion that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton plans to enact onerous gun laws if elected, claims the Clinton campaign has repeatedly denied. "By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know."
That last bit was seen by many as a so-called dog whistle, a comment meant to potentially incite gun rights advocates to violence against the former Sec. of State. While Trump's camp quickly denied that his comments had any violent intent, Clinton's team condemned the remarks and, according to CNN, the Secret Service said it "is aware of Mr. Trump's comments."
Maines was specifically referring to the fact that her group was widely boycotted by country radio in 2003 after she expressed her opposition to the invasion of Iraq by the George W. Bush administration, telling a London audience, "We don't want this war, this violence and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas." It was unclear what she meant by Trump being "all over country radio," but Maines was clearly upset that the Chicks suffered such a severe backlash for their comments while suggesting that Trump is still getting support from country radio.
A spokesperson for the Dixie Chicks could not be reached for comment at press time.
What is clear is that Maines is with Hillary, as evidenced by a recent spate of tweets baiting Trump and his wife, Melania. The posts included ones poking fun at the potential first lady for cribbing some of her RNC convention speech from current First Lady Michelle Obama and her perceived lack of public service.
I can't wait to hear what causes First Lady Melania sees herself taking on if her husband becomes President. pic.twitter.com/Qs8tmWQ4DW— Natalie Maines (@1NatalieMaines) July 17, 2016
At the kick-off of the Chicks' current summer tour in Cincinnati in June, the band unfurled a huge poster of Trump, depicted with a devil's horns, mustache and goatee as they played their song "Goodbye Earl," about a battered woman who kills her abusive husband.