Oliver Anthony Responds to Song Being Used in GOP Debate

Oliver Anthony is sharing his thoughts on his viral song, “Rich Men North of Richmond,” being referenced in the first Republican presidential debate for the 2024 election. Anthony’s runaway hit has become so popular that it was a question during the debate on Wednesday (August 23), with moderator and Fox News host Martha MacCallum asking Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, “Why is this song striking such a nerve?”

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“It was funny seeing my song at the presidential debate because I wrote that song about those people. So for them to have to sit there and listen to that, that cracks me up,” Anthony says with a laugh, filming a video from inside his truck. “That song was written about the people on that stage, and a lot more, too. Not just them, but definitely them.”

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The Virginia native goes on to say that he feels the song that proclaims, These rich men north of Richmond / Lord knows they all just wanna have total control / Wanna know what you think / Wanna know what you do, has been “weaponized” and believes that some people have categorized the song as “an attack on the poor.” Anthony asserts that he stands in the center when it comes to politics and chooses not to identify with one party more than another.

“It’s hard to get a message out about your political ideology or your belief about the world in three minutes and some change,” he continues. “But I do hate to see that song being weaponized. Like, I see the right trying to characterize me as one of their own, and I see the left trying to discredit me, I guess, in retaliation. That shit’s gotta stop.”

After a video of Anthony singing “Rich Men” at a farmers market in Virginia went viral in August 2022, the song quickly shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The singer made history as the first artist to reach the pinnacle of the Hot 100 without ever having been on the chart before.

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  1. It’s absolutely mind boggling the success Oliver Anthony has had over,”Rich men north of Richmond”.
    Some who oppose the song claim it’s a cry for one aspect of politics and the other side claim it’s a cry for the opposition.
    I watched something on T.V. making this claim because of its use in the debate. I turned the channel and the opposition was making the same claim because of the thumb to the nose on other issues.
    I think that’s just it. It’s meant as a thumb to the nose in all politics Oliver Anthony reinforces the same notion in this interview.

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