Country singer Luke Bryan has hit back at criticism of his decision to have Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis take the stage at his concert in Jacksonville on Friday night to raise money for Hurricane Ian victims.
Over the weekend, leftists all over social media trashed Luke Bryan after footage emerged of him welcoming DeSantis on stage, to cheering fans.
“We’re going to have fun and we’re going to raise money tonight for the great state of Florida,” Bryan told attendees. “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Governor Ron DeSantis stage.”
DeSantis ran onto the stage and hugged Bryan as the auditorium roared with cheers and applause.
DeSantis just took the stage at Luke Bryan. It’s deafening here. pic.twitter.com/WHelgPCxM1
— Bonnie Upright, April (@bonnieupright) October 29, 2022
Responding to his critics, Bryan said in a statement on Sunday that he simply wanted to help raise awareness for hurricane relief and had no intention of getting into politics, calling DeSantis a “polarizing figure.” .
“I don’t usually respond to things when I get previewed on a social platform, but here’s the deal. I understand Governor DeSantis is a very polarizing figure,” he said. “But I grew up in a country where if a governor asks you if he can come and raise awareness to help the victims of a natural disaster, you help.”
“I have generally stayed out of politics throughout my career,” he continued. “I knew people would talk about it, but for me the most important thing was whether I was going to come back to it a few weeks after a large part of the population was affected by a natural disaster in a state where people have been good to me it felt right. Raise awareness, have a little fun between GA and FL college fans before the game and do what I love on stage.
“That’s all I say about it. I’ll be out with my boys. Enjoy your Sunday,” he continued.
— Luke Bryan (@lukebryan) October 30, 2022