Country star Luke Bryan apparently didn’t strike the right chord with liberal Twitter users after outing Governor Ron DeSantis on his show in Jacksonville on Friday – and was quickly met with disdain.
Bryan, who is currently on his “Raised Up Right Tour,” told the packed VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena crowd, “We’re going to have fun and raise money tonight for the great state of Florida” following the destruction caused by Hurricane Ian in September.
DeSantis, who is currently up for re-election in Florida, was greeted with a deafening wave of sound as he took the stage, according to shared video on Twitter by a viewer.
Opinions on the decision and how Bryan got the governor out were quickly shared and dissected on Twitter, with one user writing, “Listen, I understand this is for a hurricane after the devastation that happened in Florida, I can understand that. But… when you do that 10 DAYS before half term, it’s nothing but a political stunt. You could have done that after half term. Shame on you, Luke Bryan.”
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Many users ridiculed Bryan for his choice to bring DeSantis up on stage.
One user tweeted, “Sad and seriously disappointing. F–k you Luke Bryan” while another said, “Note to self: cancel Luke Bryan.”
Governor DeSantis took to Twitter Saturday to thank the “American Idol” judge for the opportunity to be on stage, writing to Bryan, “Thank you for letting me in on the party last night.”
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Several users strongly criticized DeSantis himself, as well as his politics, with one person writing, “Is anyone really surprised that Luke Bryan supports a racist and misogynistic authoritarian?” Another person tagged Bryan, writing, “Thank you for shaking hands and raising your hand to the governor who just endangered the lives of trans kids in my state by taking away their health care. I just spent all day yesterday fighting for these kids. You’re trash, and we see you.”
Other users, however, praised Bryan for his decision. One user wrote: “How awesome[.] I would have loved to be there! Two rock stars celebrating freedom in Florida,” while another added, “Always loved Luke Bryan.”
“What I love about Luke,” another fan applauded on social media. “You’re not going to tell him who he can be friends with.” Another wrote, “Just gained a fan. Time to upload some @lukebryan.”
While Bryan didn’t address the backlash he received from the Twitter community, he took to his Instagram to share his thoughts on the gig, writing, “Jacksonville got me excited for the weekend. end,” along with a photo of the large crowd. .
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Bryan is currently on the Florida leg of his tour, with his next stop being Estero on November 2.