Leftists demand total control of American culture.
What they cannot control, they attempt to destroy through the media.
And one Clinton hatchet man just tried to character-assassinate the most popular artist in the country.
Overnight sensation Oliver Anthony is riding the wave of his hit country song “Rich Men North of Richmond.”
But because the song has been coded as right-wing, the left have begun their attacks.
Even though Anthony claims to be a centrist and his song is a populist attack on politicians in Washington, D.C., the left don’t like the fact that too many “deplorables” praise the song.
And Bill Clinton’s hatchet man, George Stephanopoulos, led a Good Morning America segment that took a swipe at Anthony.
Stephanopoulos framed the discussion, “From factory worker to chart-topping musician…How the voice behind Rich Men North of Richmond became an overnight sensation and why not everyone is singing along…We’re going to tell you why there’s division over the song’s message.”
Reporter Chris Connelly commented, “Fans hear an authentic, from-the-heart hit that’s speaking on behalf of an overlooked America,” but added that “critics hear racially-tinged dog whistles.”
The “racially-tinged” line in question:
And the obese milkin’ welfare
Well, God, if you’re five-foot-three and you’re three-hundred pounds
Taxes ought not to pay for your bags of fudge rounds
Young men are puttin’ themselves six feet in the ground
‘Cause all this damn country does is keep on kickin’ them down
If people are struggling to hear the dog whistle, that’s because it doesn’t exist.
The left believes that any criticism of welfare is an attack on the stereotypical “welfare queen” – but that’s nowhere in the song.
Former Mumford & Sons banjoist Winston Marshall called out the left-wing media attacks on Anthony.
He explained, “The story of Oliver Anthony is absolutely wonderful. This is a kid, factory worker from Appalachian America, and he has currently got four songs in the top ten. Ten songs in the Top 25 iTunes chart, and all three of the top three…This is a huge moment. These songs have been recorded on his phone. Just his beautiful voice and a guitar. It’s so authentic and it’s so real, and this blend is the counterculture that we’ve been looking for…Instead of sharing in this excitement of a truly countercultural moment…[Rolling Stone and others] look at who’s enjoying this music and they denigrate it accordingly.”
Marshall would know. He was “canceled” for liking independent journalist Andy Ngo’s book criticizing the communist terrorist group Antifa.
Marshall ultimately left Mumford & Sons to protect his bandmates from political blowback.
Expect the attacks on Anthony to escalate as he gets put under the microscope.
The left are on the hunt for anything they can use to smear him.
So far, Anthony has turned down millions of dollars to sign with a major label.