Shania Twain Says She Would Have Voted for Donald Trump, Backtracks Following Backlash
Shania Twain isn't able to vote in America -- she was born in Windsor, Ontario, making her a Canadian citizen -- but her comments about U.S. politics have landed her in hot water with fans. On Sunday (April 22), Twain shared a lengthy apology on social media after she stated in an interview that she would have voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
“I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest," Twain told the Guardian in an interview published on Sunday. "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," Twain adds in the interview. "I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”
Twain's remarks took off on social media, and the country star promptly received a deluge of backlash. A few hours later, Twain posted an explanation to social media:
"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," Twain explains. "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.
"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 continues. "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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