Jennifer Lawrence reveals she voted for John McCain in 2008 US election: ‘I was a little Republican’

Adam White
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Jennifer Lawrence in 2019, and the late John McCain on the election trail in 2008 (Rich Fury/Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Jennifer Lawrence in 2019, and the late John McCain on the election trail in 2008 (Rich Fury/Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Jennifer Lawrence has revealed she voted for John McCain in the 2008 US presidential election, and that she grew up “a little Republican”.

During an appearance on the Absolutely Not podcast, the Silver Linings Playbook star said that she “grew up in a Republican house” in rural Kentucky and that at 18-years-old she “based her politics on the things I grew up with”.

“I grew up Republican,” Lawrence explained. “My first time voting, I voted for John McCain. I was a little Republican. I based my politics on the things I grew up with. I was fortunate to grow up in a Republican house, where I could see the fiscal benefits of some of the Republican policies, and I could also see that the social issues weren’t in line with my views.”

She added that the election of Donald Trump “changed everything” in regards to her understanding of the Republican party, saying: “This is an impeached president who’s broken many laws and has refused to condemn white supremacy, and it feels like there’s been a line drawn in the sand, and I don’t give a f*** – that’s just the bottom line.”

Lawrence expanded on her political history in early October during an appearance in an Instagram video with Broad City actor Ilana Glazer. She explained that her political views began to shift once she became a “citizen of the world”.

“I’m grateful in a weird way that I have the Republican perspective, growing up in a house of Republicans and hearing why we should vote Republican – for tax reasons, for religious reasons,” Lawrence said. “And then, you know, you grow up and start becoming a citizen of the world and my personal beliefs started to change.

“I thought, well, I guess it is fair for me to pay taxes, because that’s kind of like paying rent to live in this amazing country, and I like things like hospitals and schools and it makes sense to [play] my part as a citizen to make this country as great as it can be.”

She also added that she is no longer religious despite growing up in a “very religious” household, and that she doesn’t believe anything is “more dangerous” than the abandonment of the separation of church and state.

Lawrence will soon star with Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep and Timothee Chalamet in the satirical comedy Don’t Look Up, following an acting hiatus. She spent the time working with the bipartisan organisation RepresentUs, which aims to take corruption out of politics.

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