After his father faced backlash from conservative fans over his support of US Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, Lukas Nelson has posted a video to Facebook defending his decision.
Willie Nelson is slated to headline a rally for O’Rourke in Austin on Sept. 29, and in his video, Lukas reiterated his support for his father and urged fans to keep an open mind.
“My father has always led with his heart,” he said. “In his life and his music, he’s put his energy towards building a heart-based community with music as a cultural glue. The issues that are important to him have less to do with himself and what’s good for him and more to do with what’s good for the community. Republican or Democrat, he’s always stood for the candidate who best represented his values, which include love for thy neighbor, no matter what color or nationality; responsibility with firearms, including some regulation to prevent unnecessary violence; and healthcare that isn’t owned by private companies who put your health below their profit.”
Nelson also stressed that people should be conscious of where their information about the candidates is coming from and seek out different sources to make sure they’re getting the full story.
“I believe in knowing someone by meeting them face-to-face, observing the philosophies they live by and watching what they do,” he continued. O’Rourke recently joined the 85-year-old singer and his son onstage at his 4th of July Picnic to play guitar on “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”
“I have met and watched Beto, and I support my father’s decision to back him…It is with love that I say these things and share part of what I believe my family represents. Please don’t hate someone for believing differently than you believe. Try and find a common ground.”
Watch the full video below.