Yes, he went on ABC – and he dissed Mickey.
Hank Williams Jr. sat down with The View Tuesday, just days after he parted ways with ESPN (a property of Disney/ABC Television Group) after he controversially compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler while sitting down with Fox & Friends last week.
Williams said he was just making an analogy and that the flak he received from media pundits and his former employers stepped “on the toes of freedom of speech.”
He recalled to the show’s panel how he came home last week to learn about the firestorm he created when he compared the president golfing with [Republican] House Speaker John Boehner “like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu.
”When I came in my house and my daughter said ‘Daddy, are you in trouble?’” Williams, clad in a New York Yankees Mickey Mantle jersey, said. “And I said ‘What are you talking about?’ … and I said ‘Well if I am, then we all are.’
“That night, I told my manager that, ‘You could tell ESPN and Disney, adios’ … the bottom line folks, Mickey is a mean mouse,” Williams said. “Disney, ABC and ESPN and me and the opening of ‘Monday Night Football’ are kind of like the Spanish American War — they’re history.”
Williams said he got some suggestions to enter politics after his rant, but he “ain’t got time.
“I wanna go fishing!” he said.
So when it’s all said and done, does Hank wish he could turn back time and hold his tongue?
“At this point, I really don’t,” Williams, 62, said. “That golf game, a bunch of politicians … that are out there juking and jiving and high-fiving was so inappropriate with the things that this country is going to, going through, I mean. … It was absurd.”
“I don’t know,” he replied, “I’m not smart enough to know the difference.”
The country singer debuted his new song “Keep The Change” on his website Monday, with lyrics that make his hard-line stance that much clearer.
On the track, Williams sings: “So Fox & Friends wanna put me down/Ask for my opinion, then twist it all around/Supposed to be talkin’ about my father’s new CD/Well two can play that gotcha game, just wait and see, don’t tread on me/ This country sure as hell been goin’ down the drain/ We know what we need, We know who to blame/ United Socialist States of America, how do you like that name?/ I’ll keep the USA and ya’ll can keep the change.”