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Huckabee: Springsteen Apes Dixie Chicks with Trump Trash-Talk

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By    |   Tuesday, 07 Feb 2017 10:49 AM

Bruce Springsteen's quip that he's "embarrassed" to be an American under President Donald Trump was likely influenced by the Dixie Chicks who once told fans how "ashamed" they were by President George W. Bush, Mike Huckabee says.

"Bruce Springsteen must be taking career advice from the Dixie Chicks," the former Arkansas governor and Trump supporter said Tuesday on his Facebook page.


The Boss' blast came during a concert he performed in Australia, which last week was roiled when Trump hung up on Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a heated discussion over immigration.

"We stand before you embarrassed Americans tonight! This is a song from 1965 by The Orlons and we're going to use it to send a letter back home," Springsteen told the crowd in Melbourne as he launched into "Don't Hang Up.''

"[That] was a dubious story from an unnamed source that both parties to the phone call strongly denied," insisted Huckabee, who noted it wasn't Springsteen's "first jab at Trump."

"Having campaigned hard for Hillary, he's also on record as calling Trump incompetent and a 'moron,' although he did recently add a caveat that that there are 'plenty of good, solid folks that voted for Donald Trump,"' Huckabee said.

"If he really wants to be a voice for beleaguered working people, he should do what I do: spend time talking to them instead of celebrities, politicians and Rolling Stone writers," he wrote. "Judging from the way Bruce fell for one of the countless anti-Trump fake news stories, it appears that he's not making very good choices of reading material."

The Dixie Chicks controversy exploded when, during the U.S. run-up to the invasion of Iraq, the Texas trio's lead singer Natalie Maines told a London audience in 2003:

"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 of the United States is from Texas."

The comment triggered a boycott of the best-selling group's music and one Colorado radio station suspended two of its deejays for playing Dixie Chicks music. During the furor, the band then posed nude on the cover Entertainment Weekly.

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Bruce Springsteen's quip that he's "embarrassed" to be an American under President Donald Trump was likely influenced by the Dixie Chicks who once told fans how "ashamed" they were by President George W. Bush, Mike Huckabee says.
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