Here's Why the Dixie Chicks Are Being Talked About Following Donald Trump's Overseas Trip
'I'm old enough to remember when Republicans banned the Dixie Chicks for criticizing America overseas.'
Unless you are a Fox News junkie (and even then in some cases), the almost universal takeaway from Pres. Trump's press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday (July 16) was pretty clear: unmitigated disaster.
A bipartisan rain of criticism greeted Trump following the bizarre spectacle, in which the president once again openly bashed his own intelligence agencies, saying he trusted former KGB spy Putin's word that Russia did not interfere with the 2016 U.S. election over that of the CIA and FBI.
And while Trump (sort of) walked the shocking comments back on Tuesday (July 17), claiming he has "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies," accepting their conclusion that Russia meddled with the election (though adding "could be other people also"), the spectacle of an American going overseas and blasting his government gave some Twitter users serious deja vu, ya'll.
Like, remember when holy hell rained down from country radio and some fans after the Dixie Chicks played London in March 2003 on the eve of the Iraq war and singer Natalie Maines said, "We do not want this war, this violence and we're ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas?"
The Bush bash caused major blowback for the trio in the U.S., with protesters smashing their CDs, their tour sponsor bailing and some country radio stations yanking their songs from rotation, blasting a hole in their career that some might argue has never fully been filled back in.
As the Washington Post noted, this time the shoe is on the other foot, with plenty of folks -- including singer Jason Isbell -- recalling that Republicans were clutching their pearls way harder when the Chicks spoke out against America than when the nation's commander-in-chief denigrated his own agencies.
Check out a sampling of the tweets below.
Psst they were women https://t.co/BmyhYYtA27— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) July 16, 2018
Do you remember when people got mad at the Dixie Chicks for criticizing the United States when they were in London? lol— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) July 16, 2018
The Dixie Chicks were held to a higher standard than Trump is. ----♂️#impeachtrump— Michael Ben (@sexy_goat) July 17, 2018
Remember when the Dixie Chicks were completely trashed for denouncing Bush while abroad? Silence from Republicans as the US President denounces HIS OWN COUNTRY. All of you should leave— Mexican Judge (@laloalcaraz) July 16, 2018
Remember during the Bush days when the Dixie Chicks said they were ashamed the President was from Texas? Well, I am ashamed that our President is from America. Can we get the White Right that ran the Chicks out of business to do the same for Trump please? #ImpeachTrump— Combsv (@rel8ubl) July 16, 2018
Remember when @1NatalieMaines @dixiechicks nearly had their careers destroyed for saying this on a stage 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 is from Texas." pic.twitter.com/wgn5TrSpp7— Yashar Ali -- (@yashar) July 16, 2018
Remember when Republicans were incensed about American citizens criticizing America on foreign soil? I bet The Dixie Chicks do. I know I do.— Ashley Campbell (@RandomQuirkyAsh) July 16, 2018
The Dixie Chicks get to be president now. That’s how it works. https://t.co/fVrstywSQZ— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) July 17, 2018
In the wake of the backlash, the Chicks released the pointed "Not Ready to Make Nice," and in the midst of the 2016 presidential election Maines made it clear she was still not about to back down. "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 in an Aug. 2016 tweet. Maines was referring to a Trump rally at which the then-candidate claimed that "Hillary wants to abolish... essentially abolish the Second Amendment," repeating his suggestion that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton planned to enact onerous gun laws if elected, claims the Clinton campaign 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 dog whistle, 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. Maines was a fervent Clinton supporter and at the Chicks' kick-off show on their 2016 tour they unfurled a huge poster of Trump, depicted with devil's horns, mustache and goatee as they played their song "Goodbye Earl," about a battered woman who kills her abusive husband.