Maren Morris Says Capitol Coup Images 'Hard to Shake' as She Calls Out Country Wives for Trump Support
In a series of tweets — and replies with fellow country star Mickey Guyton — on Wednesday, the singer expressed her discontent regarding the violent actions in Washington, D.C. Both Morris, 30, and Guyton, 37, also expressed their anger over some fellow country singers' wives' comments the day of the attacks.
"Today is gonna be hard to shake. Something my WW2 fighting Paw-Paw never told me about, something my parents never had to go through... thinking about how I will tell my son about this one day," Morris tweeted, referring to her 9-month-old baby Hayes Andrew.
"I am completely disgusted. Are these boys still backing the blue? Asking for a friend," added Guyton in a tweet, referring to the insurrectionists and supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol.
Morris then replied, "And how do some singer's [sic] wives conveniently not know the difference between marching for racial injustice and Nazis breaching our Capitol because their guy didn't win? 🙄"
Morris and Guyton appeared to be referring to Brittany Aldean and Brittney Kelley (wives of Jason Aldean and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, respectively). Aldean has expressed her support for Trump, questioned the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer and criticized the contextualization of Wednesday's riot. Kelley, 30, has not supported a candidate by name, though her husband previously told a fan that he did not vote for President-Elect Joe Biden.
Aldean, 32, later complained about being "silenced" after one of her posts — falsely detailing the presence of Antifa during the attempted coup — was deleted on Instagram. (Aldean's post referred to a baseless conspiracy theory.)
"It's getting so ridiculous the filters you put on everyone that's against your narrative," she said on her Instagram Story Thursday, adding Sunday, "Everything I say gets blown up and made into a 'story.' Apparently freedom of speech doesn't apply to everyone and that's the issue I have. I have AMAZING conversations with my liberal friends and we can agree to disagree. It's the people that aren't willing to hear you that chap my ass."
Meanwhile, Kelley adjusted the caption of her Wednesday Instagram post — which originally referenced "patriots" — once it was clear the mob was beginning to riot. She attempted to explain herself on an Instagram story and a later post.
"I know all of my real folks here know where my heart is at and I appreciate the support. And I SEE YOU in the DMs, so many of you, scared to even speak out to say, 'you're praying' or state your opinions for fear of being 'canceled.' I was taught to stand for what you believe is right. Holding the American flag and calling on God for peace is not a way of expressing what 'side' I'm on," Kelley captioned her second post.
"I do not believe in violence, or mobs/cults rioting or storming buildings. I do not believe 'patriots' are the people storming the building. I believe we all should be calling on God to protect our country and our people. No matter what 'side' you're on, we can agree we are all human beings and we are all in it together. Love you all."
Other country artists also expressed their displeasure about the violence at the Capitol incited by the President's speech and social media activity.
"Been staring at this empty tweet box for too long at a loss for words. Figured posting that would say enough in itself," tweeted Cassadee Pope.
"If an artist speaks their mind and you threaten to 'Dixie Chick' them, then you can't say s— about cancel culture," wrote duo Brothers Osborne.