Hank Williams Jr's bid to simultaneously paint himself as some sort of victim and out-Nugent Ted Nugent continues with a Rolling Stone interview, in which he proves himself to be as ill-informed as he is short-of-thinking. It turns out when he went on Fox News and laid in to Obama and Boehner for having a game of golf together - the comparison he made was Hitler golfing with Netanyahu - why, he was the one with whom we should sympathise:
[Rolling Stone] How do you think Fox twisted your words around?So by "twisting his words around", Williams means "asking him a question in the morning". You wonder what time of day he stops appearing to be a right-wing conspiracy nut. Perhaps if it was 10am, he'd have gone with a 'like a lamb frolicking with a lion' analogy.
[Williams] Uh, number one, it's 6:30 in the morning, and you're sitting there to talk about your daddy's CD that's out. You know, come on. There, again, I think they did a great favor. If you can't make an analogy of something like that … my daughter said, "Daddy are you in trouble?' and I told her, "Let me tell you something, baby girl, if I'm in trouble, we're all in trouble." And guess what? I was right. There have been a lot of articles about, "My God, this world today, you can't say anything." Although, if you're a pretty radical left-wing democrat, you can say anything you want to – "Death to George Bush!" and start stabbing a steak with a knife like Rahm Emmanuel – which is on record, by the way. Oh yeah
Oh, and the story "on the record" about Emmanuel? Never happened. There is a record of Emmanuel stabbing steaks and shouting names, but 'death to George Bush' is something of a stretch.
But is it even worth treating Williams with the sort of respect where you listen to his views as if they were informed and rational?
[RS]:Yeah, but when you talk about your Christian name …Jesus, man (no pun intended), if you're going to be the sort of numbskull who believes that Obama is a Muslim, and think that it matters anyway, at least try and give the impression you know something about Islam.
[HWJr]:You know, we've got a President that does a call to the Koran or Mecca or whatever. That's what I meant. That's exactly what I meant. I won't be changing my name to whatever. That's exactly what I meant.
Hank Williams Junior then goes on to claim that Obama "hates America" which is proved by Obama's world tour where he went around apologising for the nation - no, me neither.
It's a nice piece by Rolling Stone - it's not even a case of giving enough rope for him to hang himself; Williams turns up with his own ready-to-go gibbet. I fear what's frightening, though, isn't the fundamentally ignorant people like Williams who have a platform; it's the large numbers of people who respect him and will assume he knows what he's talking about.