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Shania Twain apologizes after saying she would have voted for Donald Trump

Shania Twain in 2017.
Shania Twain in 2017.Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach/File

Country singer Shania Twain has apologized after saying in an interview that she would have voted for Donald Trump for president if she could.

Twain, who is Canadian, told The Guardian in an article published Sunday: “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest.”

Twain added that she would have supported Trump because of his straightforward style, and said she thought he would be transparent.

“Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both,” she said in the article. “If I were voting, I just don’t want [expletive]. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”

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Almost immediately, the online backlash against the singer began.

“Shania Twain is canceled,” tweeted @SoSofieFatale. “When people say he’s ‘honest’ what they mean is that he makes them feel good about being racist trash because they feel the same way. He lies pathologically. If someone can’t understand that they’re either dumb, racists, or both.”

Twain, who is performing at TD Garden in July, swiftly issued an apology for her comments, saying she supports inclusion and was taken off-guard by the unexpected question.

“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. 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.”

Twain’s music has generally strayed away from making bold political statements.

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“I don’t have anything against or for any particular person or point of view on politics,” she said in an interview with CMT News in 2007. “I have my own opinions, but my songs don’t share them.”

Ironically, Hillary Clinton reportedly used Twain’s song “Rock This Country!” in her 2008 presidential campaign. Twain also performed for Bill andHillary Clinton at a presidential gala in 1996.


J.D. Capelouto can be reached at jd.capelouto@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jdcapelouto.