Country music singer, Willie Nelson, who has earned the title of one of the top 10 tax cheats of all time, is planning to perform a concert to benefit Republican Ted Cruz’s Democrat opponent for US Senate, Beto O’Rourke. The country music star who cheated the IRS out of $16.7 million in unpaid back taxes in 1990, was forced to hand over many of his possessions to keep himself out of prison.
According to Time magazine, in a bit of quick thinking, he released an album poking fun at his plight, calling it The IRS Tapes: Who Will Buy My Memories? His fans took the title literally, snapping up his items at auction but then handing them back over to Willie. By 1993, Nelson was able to settle his tab.
Has Willie Nelson even considered how many of those Americans who helped to keep him out of jail are Ted Cruz supporters, or doesn’t it matter to the guy who was apparently okay with everyone else paying their taxes, but didn’t feel as though he had an obligation to pay his?
No wonder he’s supporting a Democrat for Senate…rules simply don’t apply to him.
Legendary musician and Texan Willie Nelson will be headlining a concert and rally supporting Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke.
This will be the country singer’s first “public” concert held in support of a political candidate, a spokesperson for Nelson said. O’Rourke will be in attendance and speak at the concert.
“My Wife Annie and I have met and spoken with Beto, and we share his concern for the direction things are headed,” said Nelson.
According to Rolling Stone, Willie Nelson welcomed Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke onstage to join him on guitar for set-closing renditions of “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” during his annual 4th of July Picnic near Austin.
The 45-year-old O’Rourke, who once performed in the punk band Foss with At the Drive-In’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala, has drawn comparisons to Barack Obama for his grassroots campaign and candid, energetic town halls. In July, he completed a 34-day road trip across Texas, visiting all 254 counties of the state. Current polls put him only four points behind Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.
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