Country superstar says she would have voted for Trump — then walks back comments after huge backlash

Country superstar says she would have voted for Trump — then walks back comments after huge backlash
Canadian country superstar Shania Twain says she would have voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election if she'd been a U.S. citizen, but takes back her comments after receiving a lot of backlash. (Getty Images)

Country music superstar Shania Twain said that if she were a U.S. citizen, she would have voted for President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election.

Twain, who is Canadian, spoke to The Guardian in a wide-ranging interview published Sunday, and  politics was one of the many topics covered.

What did she say?

In the interview, which touched on everything from her troubled upbringing, to her decadeslong music career, to her first marriage, irretrievably broken after infidelity, Twain discussed her own personal conservatism when it comes to politics.

Twain voiced her would-be support for Trump and said, “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest. Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want bulls**t. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent.”

What was her response to the backlash?

Twain issued a lengthy statement on Twitter after social media outcry against her political remarks, where she boasted about her history of “inclusivity.”

She wrote, “I would like to apologise to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with the Guardian relating to the American President. The question caught me off guard. As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context.”

“I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it’s clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President,” Twain added.

“I was trying to explain, in response to a question about the election, that my limited understanding was that the President talked to a portion of America like an accessible person they could relate to, as he was NOT a politician,” she continued.

Twain concluded, “My answer was awkward, but certainly should not be taken as representative of my values nor does it mean I endorse him. I make music to bring people together. My path will always be one of inclusivity, as my history shows.”

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