The Duck Commander 500 was a huge NASCAR event held over the weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch went home the victor, legendary rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd performed right on the track, but it wasn’t either performance that kept people talking for days to come.
It was Phil Robertson’s prayer invocation before the race that made the event trend on all social media platforms.
“I pray, Father, that we put a Jesus man in the White House,” he said in front of a crowd of thousands of NASCAR fans. “Help us do that and help us all to repent, to do what is right, to love you more and to love each other. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.“
Robertson, who has publicly endorsed Ted Cruz, was the center of many news articles in the following days for his comments on putting a “Jesus man in the White House“.
One person who did not have a problem with Robertson’s comments? The Texas Motor Speedway President, Eddie Gossage.
“He said what he felt and believed and there are a lot of people that agree with him and a lot that disagree with him,” Gossage said. “Nowadays, you cannot say what you think because of political correctness. So I guess everyone has a right to free speech or nobody does.”
Gossage explains that this situation is a lot like Bruce Springsteen exercising his rights by canceling his show in North Carolina because of the state’s controversial ‘bathroom law’.
“I defend Bruce Springsteen’s rights to take his position and, if you do that, then you’ve got to defend everybody else’s too,” he said.
Although this was Robertson’s family’s last year to sponsor the race, Gossage said they are welcome back anytime.
Watch Robertson’s prayer below.
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