Blue-collar singer Oliver Anthony insisted he’s no Joe Biden fan Saturday — after scorching Republicans for using his hit song for political purposes.
“Corporate news (big surprise) is now trying to twist me into being a Biden supporter,” the “Rich Men North of Richmond” singer said in an early-morning Facebook post that Anthony promised would be his final word on politics.
“Biden’s most certainly a problem,” he declared — but said his song’s lyrics “aren’t exclusively knocking Biden.”
On Friday, the man behind the No. 1 populist anthem posted a 10-minute YouTube video that dismissed Republicans for claiming his song for their own at Wednesday’s GOP presidential debate, saying that the tune “has nothing to do with Joe Biden.”
In his Saturday post, he expanded on the comment while jabbing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has used the song as an applause line on the campaign trail.
“DeSantis … talks about needing to get Joe Biden out, as if that would automatically solve all the problems,” Anthony wrote. “Biden is a big part of the issue, bit it runs much deeper.”
Instead, he said, his surprise hit “is about corporate owned DC politicians on both sides.”
“It’s knocking the system collectively,” Anthony wrote. “Including the corporate owned conservative polticans [sic] that were on stage [Wednesday] night.”
Since it was uploaded two weeks ago, “Rich Men North of Richmond” has notched more than 42 million YouTube views, becoming the first song by an artist with no chart history to make No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.