First official Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said that after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, he abandoned his rock music roots for a genre that he felt responded appropriately.
In an interview on CBS This Morning after announcing his candidacy, Cruz said:
I grew up listening to classic rock, and I’ll tell you sort of an odd story: My music taste changed on 9/11. And it’s very strange. I actually intellectually find this very curious. But on 9/11, I didn’t like how rock music responded. And country music collectively, the way they responded, it resonated with me. And I have to say, it just is a gut-level. I had an emotional reaction that says, these are my people. So ever since 2001, I listen to country music. But I’m an odd country music fan, because I didn’t listen to it prior to 2001.
Cruz's comments were met with mockery over at MSNBC. As TruthRevolt previously reported, Jamilah Lemieux, editor of Ebony.com, said, "Nothing says 'Let's go kill some Muslims' like country music." A remark, amongst others, that earned an on-air apology from the host after a commercial break.
Whether Cruz's comments were meant to reach the largely Republican base of country music fans, it is notable the number of country artists who released pro-America songs after 9/11 including Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, and John Michael Montgomery to name a few. As for the other genre, rock musicians, including Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel, steered clear of new original music and instead lent their talents in concerts that supported the actions of first responders.