Shania Twain expresses regret saying she'd have voted for Donald Trump

Mike P Williams
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Country singer Shania Twain as heavily criticised for her comments in an interview, where she said if she’d been able to vote she would’ve done so for Donald Trump.

As a Canadian, the singer was obviously unable to vote in the most recent presidential election, but decided to voice her thoughts on the current US president during the 2016 campaign.

Speaking to the Guardian, Twain, 52, had some initially interesting comments before backtracking.

She said about Trump: ‘I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest.

‘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 bullshit. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?’

Her comments caused anger online, as her name began to trend across the world, as people expressed their disappointment after she appeared to excuse a lot of the offence Trump’s caused and the rescinding of a lot of LGBTQ and transgender rights under his administration, despite Twain having a strong gay following.

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But the That Don’t Impress Me Much singer came out and defended her comments on Twitter, explaining that her words were taken out of context and tried to apologise to ‘anyone I have offended’.

She began: ‘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)’


Despite her claims that Trump was ‘offensive but honest’, she went on to say that she doesn’t discriminate against anyone herself.

‘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)’


She explained that her answer was based on what she thought the average American would have thought and subsequently voted for as a candidate they ‘could relate to’.

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)


She concluded that her answer was admittedly ‘awkward’  but was not reflective of her values.

‘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)’


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But Twitter users weren’t buying what some deemed a hindsight, half-apology…





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