Shania Twain Apologizes After Saying She Would Have Voted for Donald Trump
By Brian Haas
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This probably isn't how Shania Twain wanted her music revival to begin.
On Sunday, the Canadian country singer apologized for suggesting that she would have voted for Donald Trump if she were an American citizen during a recent interview with The Guardian, based on the president seeming "honest."
Twain released a lengthy statement to the media and on Twitter on Sunday, dialing back her comments and distancing herself from the "moral beliefs" of 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," she said in the statement. "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. 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."
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)
The clarification comes after Twain explained to the Guardian that she disliked inauthenticity in politics.
“I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest," she shared. "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. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”