A country music singer on record as calling NRA supporters whores and pimps will headline a Karl Dean for Governor event in Nashville Thursday.
The singer in question, Will Hoge, said he has disdain for pro-Second Amendment politicians.
No one at Dean’s campaign returned The Tennessee Star’s repeated requests for comment on the matter Tuesday. The Star wanted to know if Dean’s views align with Hoge’s.
Hoge previously endorsed U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for United States president.
Hoge called the NRA “a fear-mongering, bully organization” in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.
“They are the worst things about America: a rich organization, led by horrible people, preying on some of the best people in our country with fear and lies, just to grow their own profits,” Hoge said.
“I’ve got to believe that at some point all responsible gun owners will see what a sham that organization truly is.”
Hoge wrote the following lyrics for his song “Thoughts and Prayers”:
“Another politician sitting far away
Doesn’t matter how many people got gunned down today
As long as you can keep your re-election bills paid
You’re just a whore to the pimp that’s called the NRA”
Hoge also told the magazine how he feels about people who ask for thoughts and prayers after a mass shooting.
“They have all the opportunities in the world to make a difference, but they do nothing,” Hoge said.
“Then to just send out a phrase like ‘thoughts and prayers,’ as if we don’t all know that there is something they could do? It’s shameful.”
Hoge is active on Facebook and Twitter.
On both accounts, he spends a great deal of time lambasting U.S President Donald Trump and calling members of Trump’s administration liars.
In one post, he endorsed a book calling for the federal government to enact a universal basic income, on the grounds that it will end poverty.
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