Country star Shania Twain is Canadian, but if she had the chance to vote in the 2016 American presidential election, she would have supported Donald Trump. She made the declaration this weekend in an interview with The Guardian and, as expected, she got plenty of hate for it.
"I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest," Twain said. "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 bullsh-t. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?"
Sadly, like many high profile figures who have dared to show even an ounce of support for the current president, Twain apologized for her innocuous comment.
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
Twain's Guardian interview may have made headlines for the small Trump tidbit, but the larger conversation was focused on her career comeback. The artist, known for mega hits like "Man I Feel Like a Woman," lost her voice as a result of Lyme disease and dysphonia. A few weeks ago, she had to have laryngoplasty surgery.
Despite these painful setbacks, in October she was back on top of the charts after a 15-year hiatus.