Dixie Chick Slam: 'I'm Ashamed Ted Cruz Claims To Be American'

  • by: Alan Duke

Natalie Maines and her Dixie Chicks bandmates paid a heavy price by speaking out against President George W. Bush's decision to lead America into the Iraq War in 2003.

The ladies' group alienated country music fans and got banned from many radio stations after Maines said this: "Just so you know, we're on the good side with y'all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas."

With the wisdom of the Iraq war now questioned by Republicans, Democrats and independents, Maines is targeting Texas Senator Ted Cruz with a tweet reminiscent of her criticism of President Bush 13 years ago.

Maines posted a quote from President Dwight Eisenhower, who was the top U.S. general in Europe during World War 2, and a contrasting quote from Cruz, who is running for president now and never served in the military.

Eisenhower said "I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity."

Cruz is quoted saying about ISIS: "We will carpet bomb them into oblivion. I don't know if sand can glow in the dark, but we're going to find out."

Maines comments: "Just so you know....I'm ashamed Ted Cruz is from America;)"

She later revised it, when reminded that Cruz is the son of a Cuban refugee and he was born in Canada: "I stand corrected...Just so you know, I'm ashamed Ted Cruz claims to be American"


  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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