Despite fronting one of the most successful country groups of the last two decades, Natalie Maines has not always seen eye to eye with with the genre over the years on a political level. On Wednesday night, the singer called out country radio for covering Donald Trump after the stations had banned her music during George W. Bush’s presidency. (Remember that EW cover?)
“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!” Maines posted to Twitter.
At a North Carolina rally earlier this week, Donald Trump made a comment about what would happen to the Supreme Court if Hillary Clinton were elected. “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,” Trump said. “Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.” The remark was widely condemned, drawing a response from even the Secret Service. Trump and his campaign said he wasn’t calling for violence against Clinton, but rather for Second Amendment supporters to get out and vote in the election. (His statement, however, was a hypothetical about what would happen after Clinton were to take office.)
Maines was banned from country radio in 2003 when, during a concert in London, the Dixie Chicks singer said that she was “ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas,” in reference to Bush’s stance on the Iraq War. After that remark, country radio stations stopped playing music by the Dixie Chicks.
Maines has spoken out against Trump during his campaign. Earlier this summer, the Dixie Chicks performed one of their most vitriolic songs, “Goodbye Earl,” in front of a giant poster of Trump with devil horns scrawled on his head.