The singer joked that it would be "a huge love fest if I saw George Bush right now because of where we're at with this current president"

By Benjamin VanHoose
July 22, 2020 09:23 AM
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By comparison, the Chicks would embrace former President George W. Bush with open arms.

On Tuesday, the country music group — which consists of Emily Strayer, Natalie Maines and Martie Maguire — appeared on Watch What Happens Live to promote their new album Gaslighter.

During one portion of the interview, host Andy Cohen asked the artists whether they've had a change of heart about Bush, 74, given their stance on the current commander-in-chief, Donald Trump.

"You know, I joke that today I might actually make out with George Bush," laughed Maines, 45. "... I don't rethink that I didn't want to go to war and that 'weapons of mass destruction' were a lie, but, yes, it would be a huge love fest if I saw George Bush right now because of where we're at with this current president."

The band (who dropped the "Dixie" from their name this year amid nationwide protests against systemic racism) infamously became blacklisted from the country music scene after Maines made remarks about the then-president during their London concert on March 10, 2003. During the show, Maines voiced her disapproval of the Iraq war and Bush.

“Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all,” the singer said at the time. “We do not want this war, this violence. And we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.”

The Chicks, George W. Bush
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Speaking with Ellen DeGeneres in March, Maines, Maguire, 50, and Strayer, 47, reflected on the controversial comments that resulted in major backlash from their peers.

“I think we were one of the first people to feel that ‘cancel culture’ and I think, you know, what we said — or, what I said — back then would not even be a thing today because it was really mild compared to what people say today,” said Maines.

“On one hand, everyone has this forum where they can say whatever they want to say, but on the other hand this platform can move really quickly and ruin people’s lives,” Maines added.

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Speaking with Allure for the magazine’s April 2020 issue, Maines reflected on the fallout of her statements, expressing shock that the country music industry was so swift to ostracize them at the time.

“When we started doing this music, I liked the people in our industry. We always waved that country flag when people would say it wasn’t cool. And then to see how quickly the entire industry turned on us,” said Maines of the immediate backlash.

She added: “I wanted the audience to know who we were and what we were about. I do not like when artists get on their soapbox — it’s not what people are there for; they’re there to listen to your music — [but] the politics of this band is inseparable from the music.”