Willie has never been shy about his politics.
He smoked a joint on the roof of the White House with President Carter’s son Chip, and has been an advocate for marijuana legalization for a long time. He even hosted a virtual 4/20 party earlier this year to raise money for The Last Prisoner Project, a nonprofit coalition of cannabis industry leaders, executives, and artists dedicated to bringing restorative justice to the cannabis industry.
However, another issue near and dear to his heart is immigration.
At a recent (October 28th) virtual event with RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), a non-profit organization whose mission is to defend human rights and advocate for immigrant justice, Willie Nelson joined Texas State Rep. Joaquin Castro, Sex And The City actress Cynthia Nixon, and poet Denice Frohman, for a discussion on immigration and how it relates to today’s election.
During the course of the conversation, Willie Nelson said that he had reached out to President Trump about going down to the border together, however he never heard back.
“When all this happened, this zero tolerance deal came down, I was infuriated, I wanted to do something about it. I asked the President if he would go down there with me and… let’s talk about, let’s see what we can do about the kids and about the border, and I never heard from him. So… everybody go vote.”
Of course, Willie is referring to a tweet from 2018 where he encouraged President Trump to go down to the border with him.
“Hey Donald this is Willie Nelson. Let’s go down to a border detention center together to better understand what’s happening down there?! Let’s talk!”
The tweet, which was tweeted from his wife Annie’s account (and has since been removed), also tagged numerous politicians including Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Beto O’Rourke, Ted Lieu and Adam Schiff, Dianne Feinstein, along with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and CNN contributor Paul Begala.
Willie also recently released a new lyric video for his song “Vote ‘Em Out.”
Originally released in 2018 for the “Turn Out For Texas” rally, “Vote ‘Em Out” coincided with the 2018 mid-term elections. However for this year’s Presidential race, Willie and company gave the music video an animated update.