A communist revolutionary group protested outside a Jason Aldean concert in Chicago Saturday night, burning American flags and chanting anti-American slogans.
Approximately 20 members of the communist group Revolution Club Chicago gathered outside the Credit Union 1 Amphitheater in Tinley Park during Aldean’s concert, burning American flags as they chanted “Fuck the US and all its might,” according to video of the incident obtained by News2Share.
Referencing Aldean’s hit song, “Try That in a Small Town,” group member Rafael Kadaris mocked the singer.
“Guess what Jason (Aldean)? We will try that in a small town. We will try that in a big city. And we will try it right in front of your concert,” he stated, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Law enforcement officials quickly moved to disperse the demonstration, telling protestors, “You are disturbing the public peace without the authority of law,” video shows. Police further warned protestors if they continued their demonstration, they would be arrested and prosecuted for violation of the criminal code. Failure to comply with the order to immediately disperse, police continued, would result in the deployment of tear gas.
As the protestors began to file out of the parking lot, they continued to chant through a bullhorn, “America was never great.”
Kadaris told the Chicago Tribune that aside from a few people being flipped off, there were no altercations between the protestors, Aldean’s fans or police.
Aldean’s song, released in May, is an anthem that speaks out against the violence and social decline witnessed in some of the country’s most liberal cities. Upon its release, critics accused the song of being a pro-lynching anthem and accused Aldean of standing against the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. (RELATED: Liberal Outrage Turns Into Major Fail As Jason Aldean’s Song They Hate So Much Hits No. 2)
Aldean dismissed those allegations, stating the song “refers to the feeling of a community that I had growing up, where we took care of our neighbors, regardless of differences of background or belief.”
“My political views have never been something I’ve hidden from, and I know that a lot of us in this Country don’t agree on how we get back to a sense of normalcy where we go at least a day without a headline that keeps us up at night. But the desire for it to- that’s what this song is about,” Aldean declared.