Blake Shelton Insists He's Not Endorsing Anyone After Saying 'A Lot of People Are Pulling' for Donald Trump
By Jackie Willis
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Blake Shelton does not want to talk politics.
The 40-year-old country crooner took to Twitter on Thursday to clarify comments he made to Billboard, where he spoke about Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. "I'm not going to have the political conversation with you about Trump, or about Hillary Clinton, but I will tell you this: Whether you love him or hate him, he says what he thinks, and he has proven that you don't always have to be so afraid," he said. "A lot of people are pulling for him, no matter how much Hollywood fights it. I see people who don't like him go and beat up people that do like him. You tell me, who's crazy here?"
Shelton added, "I probably wish there was another option, but there's not."
The Voice mentor's comments were seen by some as an endorsement for Trump, but Shelton, who told Billboard he would be voting in November, insisted that he's not publicly throwing his support behind any candidate. "Hey before this gets going like it always does... I haven't endorced ANYBODY for president. And I not going to. I don't do that sh**," he tweeted. "My comment about 'wish there was another option but there's not' is across the board...period. Now go dig up another story."
Hey before this gets going like it always does... I haven't enforced ANYBODY for president. And I not going to. I don't do that shit.
Debra Messing heard of Shelton's alleged endorsement of Trump, and was one of those who tweeted about the "Came Here to Forget" singer. "Omg. How? @gwenstefani please talk to your man to not vote for the person who will STRIP you of your rights," she wrote.
Shelton also called out the media for twisting his words. "They can spin it how ever they want but it's right there in plain English," he tweeted. "When y'all what the news about this stuff watch ALL the channels.. Read ALL the articles. Make YOUR mind up. And then vote."
He added: "It's crazy that in this moment in time... With everything going on in the world that spinning my words is so important to the media."
They can spin it how ever they want but it's right there in plain English.
While Shelton is staying out of the political conversations, a slew of other stars are making their voices heard. Check out the "Fight Song" video that several celebrities worked on in support of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign: