Luke Bryan Defends Bringing Ron DeSantis Out at Florida Concert

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Luke Bryan responded to backlash after Florida governor Ron DeSantis made an look at his Friday, October 28, live performance in Jacksonville.

“I usually don’t reply to stuff once I’m getting run down on a social platform however right here’s the deal,” the American Idol choose, 46, shared in a press release by way of Twitter on Sunday, October 30. “I perceive Governor Desantis is a really polarizing determine. However I grew up in a rustic the place if a governor ask you if they will come and lift consciousness to assist victims of a pure catastrophe you assist.”

One month after Hurricane Ian, many Florida residents are nonetheless recovering from the storm’s devastating results. The governor — who’s at the moment operating for re-election in opposition to Charlie Cryst — has made headlines a number of instances this yr for signing controversial payments inhibiting dialogue of sexual orientation, transgender points and race in lecture rooms. His look alongside Bryan stirred sturdy reactions on either side of the political spectrum.

DeSantis, 44, tossed out marketing campaign hats as he took the stage with the “Nation On” singer. “Thanks for letting me crash the occasion final night time, @lukebryan!” the politician tweeted after the present.

Bryan, nonetheless, mentioned this wasn’t an endorsement for the candidate. “I’ve usually stayed out of politics all through my profession,” he defined. “I knew folks would chatter about this however for me the extra necessary piece was If I’m going to come back again there a couple of weeks after a big portion of individuals have been affected by a pure catastrophe in a state the place folks have been good to me this felt proper.”

The nation star added that he hoped to easily, “Elevate consciousness, have just a little enjoyable between the GA and FL faculty followers earlier than the sport and do what I really like on stage.”

He concluded, “That is all I’m saying about this. I’ll be outdoor with my boys. Get pleasure from your Sunday. Love y’all #GoDawgs. Textual content catastrophe to 20222 to assist.”

Followers had blended emotions about Bryan’s protection. One spectator replied by way of Twitter, writing, “Luke, you may have raised cash with out having DeSantis seem on stage with you.”

A unique fan tweeted, “Selections have penalties. I select to not watch one other episode of @AmericanIdol so long as you might be sharing that ‘stage’.”

One other added, “How unlucky that you just ‘keep out of politics.’ That you simply invite such a determine on stage however refuse to acknowledge the harm you do. You wish to play either side since you don’t wish to lose cash. Unlucky and cowardly tbh.”

Others supported Bryan’s alternative. “You’re proper,” one Twitter person replied. “This must be in regards to the hurricane victims and never the politics. It’s laborious to take a look at somebody like DeSantis, however he’s the governor and also you have been there to lift funds for the folks. I’ve needed to maintain my nostril whereas working with some folks for the larger good.”

One other supporter tweeted, “Thanks, Luke. No one upset within the feedback was an actual fan anyway.”