Shania Twain: I Would Have Voted for Trump

Canadian apologizes after remarks cause backlash
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2018 2:09 AM CDT
Shania Twain Sorry for Remarks on Trump
Shania Twain performs during the halftime show of a CFL football game in the Grey Cup between the Toronto Argonauts and the Calgary Stampeders in the Grey Cup in Ottawa on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017.   (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

As a Canadian, Shania Twain can't vote in American elections—and after taking flak over the weekend, she may give up commenting on them as well. The country star faced a major backlash after telling a Guardian interviewer that she probably would have voted for Trump in the 2016 election. "I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest," she said. "Do you want straight or polite? ... l would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?" In a series of tweets Sunday, Twain apologized for the "awkward" answer to the "unexpected" interview question and stressed that she does not endorse Trump's policies, reports USA Today.

"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," the 52-year-old singer said in one tweet. Twain is beginning her first album tour since 2002. In the interview, which can be read in full here, she also discusses issues including childhood sexual abuse. She says she is still angry at former friend and personal assistant Marie-Anna Thiebaud over the affair that ended both their marriages. "I do really nasty things in my dreams to her," says Twain, who is now married to Thiebaud's ex. "I'm always cutting her hair or shaving it off." (Read more Shania Twain stories.)

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