Man, Shania Twain regrets saying she would have voted for Trump

Shania Twain has backtracked on comments that she'd vote for Trump.
Shania Twain has backtracked on comments that she’d vote for Trump.

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By Johnny Lieu

Well, that was fast.

Perennial country star of our hearts, Shania Twain, has backtracked on saying she would’ve voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. election.

The revelation came from an interview with The Guardian published on Sunday, which focused on the Canadian artist’s musical career and her shattering divorce with her collaborator and husband Robert Lange. 

On Trump, Twain 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 bullshit. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?” she added. 

Given Twain’s LGBTQ fanbase and Trump’s push against transgender people serving in the military, elimination of lesbian and bisexual health info, and the ignoring of LGBTQ issues on the White House website — it’s fair to say Twain’s comment didn’t impress people much.

Shania Twain was just a guest judge on the gayest show on TV during a political episode and then came out as a Trump Supporter the very same weekend? That sounds qwhite funky.

— Rae Sanni (@raesanni) April 23, 2018

Shania Twain says she would have voted for Donald Trump because “he seemed honest.” She might have been watching a different election.

— 22Minutes (@22_Minutes) April 23, 2018

Shania Twain is now apologizing for the ignorance that led her to align herself with Donald Trump. Good for her. Now if only the people who voted for him would do the same.

— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) April 23, 2018

Shortly after the interview was published, Twain took to Twitter to explain her comments, elaborating she doesn’t share any common beliefs with Trump.

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 (1/4)

— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) April 22, 2018

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 (2/4)

— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) April 22, 2018

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 (3/4)

— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) April 22, 2018

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. (4/4)

— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) April 22, 2018

With songs like “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” Twain has developed quite a following from the LGBTQ community, and has been vocal about her stance on LGBTQ rights and marriage.

“I just feel very saddened by any kind of oppression in our society in today’s day and age. I mean, it’s so negative,” she told Pride Source last year.

“Equality should be a no-brainer, automatic, all the way around. We need to have mutual respect all the way around. Supremacy of any sort is just poison. I just feel like we’re not above each other in any way and mutual respect and an admiration for an individual’s abilities, talents, heart, commitment — I mean, what does that have to do with any minority status that we might be labeled with today, whatever that may be? Certainly, I know that gays feel that.”

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