‘Rich Men North of Richmond' songwriter says it's no conservative anthem

The breakout country singer whose hit song “Rich Men North of Richmond” worked its way into the first Republican presidential primary debate dropped a bomb Friday on the people who have been promoting it as a conservative anthem.

“It was funny seeing my song … at the presidential debate,” Oliver Anthony said in a video he made sitting in the cab of his truck that he posted on his official YouTube channel. “Because I wrote that song about those people.”

Anthony delivered the video broadside after the first GOP debate opened Wednesday with a shoutout to Anthony’s song, a folksy lament topping the charts about the frustrations of a working-class person who toils for low wages

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