(NewsNation) — Country singer Luke Bryan brought Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis onstage during a concert, and not all his fans are happy about it.
When clips and photos appeared on Twitter, people responded by criticizing the country star, noting that DeSantis is a polarizing figure and that Bryan has enough star power to raise money using his own name.
Bryan defended his decision, releasing a statement saying he recognizes DeSantis is polarizing but felt that it was the right thing to do.
“But I grew up in a country where if a governor asks you if they can come and raise awareness to help victims of a natural disaster you help. I’ve generally stayed out of politics throughout my career. I knew people would chatter about this but for me the more important piece was if I am going to come back there a few weeks after a large portion of people have been affected by a natural disaster in a state where people have been good to me this felt right,” he said.