Country music star Luke Bryan answered social media criticism about bringing Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) onstage during a Jacksonville concert.
“I typically don’t respond to stuff when I’m getting run down on a social platform but here’s the deal,” Bryan remarked. “I understand Governor Desantis is a very polarizing figure. But I grew up in a country where if a governor ask you if they can come and raise awareness to help victims of a natural disaster you help.”
The Sunshine State will take a long time to recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ian. The Category 4 hurricane created a storm surge up to 18 feet, according to NOAA data. More than one million Florida homes and businesses lost power and it may take decades to fully recover.
DeSantis has been appealing for help since the extent of devastation became apparent. The Republican, who had been a longtime critic of federal disaster aid, requested emergency help from President Joe Biden.
The governor availed himself of an opportunity to directly address a large crowd in Florida to ask for help recovering from Ian. Bryan seemed to understand his position.
“I’ve generally stayed out of politics throughout my career,” the singer said. “I knew people would chatter about this but for me the more important piece was If I am going to come back there a few weeks after a large portion of people have been affected by a natural disaster in a state where people have been good to me this felt right.”
Bryan added he wanted to “Raise awareness, have a little fun between the GA and FL college fans before the game and do what I love on stage. This is all I’m saying about this. I’ll be outdoors with my boys. Enjoy your Sunday. Love y’all.”
“Text: disaster to 20222 to support,” he concluded.
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