One of the last places you’d expect to hear Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s name come up is at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee.
But the controversial Texan turned up in blistering closing remarks from Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir on Sunday night.
Weir cited Patrick’s Tweet of a bible verse, hours after the deadly mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando, that ended, “A man reaps what he sows,” which Patrick later deleted.
Weir asked the festival-goers, “Is there a difference between that mindset and the mindset of the folks in the Taliban or ISIS? The hatred and intolerance is the same. They may pull it out of different books, but it’s the same f------ thing.”
He said something similar when accepting the Les Paul award earlier in the day.
Patrick posted a long statement on his Facebook page later Sunday saying the Twitter post wasn’t referring to the events in Orlando but had been scheduled the previous Thursday.
Patrick’s been a lightning rod locally for his position on transgender bathroom guidelines, coming to Fort Worth and calling on Superintendent Kent Scribner to resign over their implementation in the FWISD.
Strangely, the transgender bathroom also came up at Bonnaroo during Pearl Jam’s set.
Frontman Eddie Vedder took the opportunity to tell a Tennessee representative sponsoring a bill that would require students to use the restroom that corresponds with their sex at birth: “You can either be part of history or you can be history.”
Strange days indeed.