The son of Hank Williams made his remarks during a recent performance at the Iowa State Fair. As the crowd chanted “USA! USA!”, Williams Jr grabbed the microphone, Metromix Des Moines reported, declaring: “We’ve got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the US and we hate him!” The comments were reportedly met with “loud and enthusiastic” cheers.
Williams, 63, lost his job at ESPN after comparing Obama to Adolf Hitler last October. He later apologised, calling it an “extreme … analogy”. “I have always respected the office of the president,” he said. When contacted this weekend, a spokesperson from Obama’s Iowa campaign office told Metromix: “That type of absurd nonsense doesn’t really deserve a response.”