Ron DeSantis says Jason Aldean song wouldn’t be controversial in ‘free society’
Ron and Casey DeSantis head to South Beach to tout a big win in Miami-Dade County.

'We're off the rocker here in the United States with a lot of this stuff.'

Ron DeSantis and Casey DeSantis are wading into the controversy over a country chart topper that was deemed too hot for TV — or at least CMT.

The First Couple addressed the brouhaha over Jason Aldean’sTry That in a Small Town,” which was removed from CMT’s playlist. Variety notes the controversy was in part because Aldean filmed the video outside a Tennessee courthouse infamous for a lynching a century ago. The singer has denied his song is “pro-lynching.”

With the First Lady nodding, the Governor told the Fox News Channel audience the Aldean controversy was the latest sign that the United States is “off its rocker” due to “cancel culture.”

“We need to restore sanity to this country. I mean, what is going on that that would be something that would be censored? I mean, give me a break,” DeSantis said Thursday.

“We’re off the rocker here in the United States with a lot of this stuff; with cancel culture, with big tech censorship, with a lot of stuff that the federal government is doing in policing so-called misinformation,” he added. “We need to get back on kilter and start having a free society again and embracing truth. So I think it’s part and parcel of a lot of the nonsense we’ve seen over the last many years nonetheless.”

The Governor’s comments, delivered during a pre-taped “Fox & Friends” interview, were his first actual words on the subject. However, his Twitter account (which he has said he doesn’t use personally) also addressed the Aldean story.

“When the media attacks you, you’re doing something right. Jason Aldean has nothing to apologize for,” read a message posted Wednesday.

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  • Raging Rhonda

    July 20, 2023 at 8:36 am

    Raging Rhonda and the rest of Today’s GOP hate few things more than the market sorting it out.

  • John Lentini

    July 20, 2023 at 8:43 am

    Let’s celebrate our Fascist roots! The government had nothing to do with this POS song being “cancelled.” Now Rhonda Santis wants to let the government decide popular taste? I’ll bet he was all behind the Bud Lite boycott.

  • What society

    July 20, 2023 at 8:48 am

    If a free society has no controversy, what sort of society does Ron think does have controversy? Authoritarian? Autocratic? Is that what the Ron Campaign has planned for USA? “No controversy” also = no drag queens, I bet. Let no one among us claim they were surprised by what happens if this little man ever gets big power.

  • Rob Desantos

    July 20, 2023 at 10:11 am

    Haha hypocrisy

  • MH/Duuuval

    July 20, 2023 at 1:45 pm

    Jason gets to sing his song — to anyone who wants to hear it.
    The media can’t stop that from happening.

    This song and the activities of his far-right wife have narrowed Aldean’s appeal. He’s a big cowboy and shouldn’t whine — nor should Ron as they are both embracing fundamentalism.

    One thing for sure: Aldean is no Willie or Waylon or even the man from Bakersfield.

  • Tjb

    July 20, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    Sad that Ron will censor CRT, books, and peaceful protest but a song about lynching should not be censored. Is Ron running to be the President of the USA or the KKK?

    • Betty Sue

      July 21, 2023 at 10:33 am

      What’s free when he’s dictates everything and one he doesn’t agree with?? CRT, Disney, election, LGBTQ, guns?? It’s groups that he is targeting, he’ll be targeting religion soon if he gets away everything else after awhile he’ll have a problem with someone else and they will be the target.

    • Betty Sue

      July 21, 2023 at 10:36 am

      He must have forgotten. Or doesn’t know what free speech is?

  • Whatsamatayou

    July 20, 2023 at 6:59 pm

    No one ordered CMT to remove the song from their playlist. It looks like the country music industry is becoming more inclusive. But it’s still hard to get me to listen to much if anything new in music these days. Some bluegrass stuff and an occasional thing or two and Chris Stapleton. Other than that, it’s back to Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Frank Zappa and a few others from the sixties and seventies.


    July 21, 2023 at 8:20 am

    What the heck is Rona babbling about now? Censorship? Two clicks on my phone and I watched the Try That video. If CMT wants to offer the song or not is a private business decision and the government has nothing to say about it. Same with Disney, but for Rona’s attack on the company exercising its free speech rights. Now, of course, Fix Entertainment (Rona’s favorite soapbox) is ALL about the “truth.” NOT. Rather than being anti-American, the right of the public to disagree or criticize art and music is exactly what is right about America. Personally, I was not impressed with the Try That in a Small Town performance. I can certainly appreciate why Sherl Crow found it distasteful. In sum, the only BS that I need in my life is BILLY STRINGS.

    • Betty Sue

      July 21, 2023 at 10:34 am

      So true.

  • Sarah

    July 21, 2023 at 10:40 am

    Ron’s idea of a “free” country is one where the government punishes businesses for not assimilating to a political parties agenda, one where education is dictated by a political agenda, and where adults are not free to make their own medical decisions if it imposes on others political ideals. His idea of “freedom” could better be described as “facism” and has no place in America for free-thinking persons.

  • Lex

    July 21, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    Everyone is pro-protest, and Everyone is non-riot. If that’s not the case we have a real problem. Protests are protected by the First Amendment and, rioting should have you put in jail. Black lives matter, but the organization Black Lives Matter was not just supporting the prevention of racism, it has many potential Communist tenants. From what I’ve seen, the Aldean song is non-riot and highlights the massive division between massive cities and normal rural and suburban America. We would all be smart to try to find ways to let “middle America” be different than the “big cities”.

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