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Shania Twain Backs Down from Trump Comment Ahead of New Show

Shania Twain, fair use
Shania Twain, fair use

Legendary Canadian country musician Shania Twain is in trouble for telling a British newspaper that, if eligible, she would have voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

Speaking in an interview with the London Guardian last month, Twain admitted that she would have cast a ballot for the real estate billionaire mogul because, though he was bombastic, he was “honest.”

“I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” she said. “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.”

After experiencing intense backlash in mere hours, Twain issued an apology on Twitter on the same day. The award-winning music icon said the question from the Guardian reporter caught her off guard and she regretted not providing a more in-depth answer into context.

“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,” Twain wrote.

As many on the left lamented on her endorsement of Trump, many conservatives aired their disappointment over Twain apologizing for having her own personal opinions.

“Why are you apologizing? But really though? Apologize for what? Don’t let the mob win,” tweeted Katie Pavlich, an editor of Townhall.

Although the reaction has been fierce, it pales in comparison to the firestorm created by Kanye West coming out as a Trump supporter – Make America Great Again ballcap and all.

This comes as Twain is co-hosting a new country singing competition that will premiere on the USA Network this fall. Called “Real Country,” Twain, alongside Jake Owen, will host eight one-hour-long episodes in Nashville, and one winner will be chosen every week to advance to the finals to win a cash prize.

“It’s been an incredible year for me, releasing my new album and coming back to country music,” Shania said in a statement. “I feel it’s time for me to add my own support in finding our greatest undiscovered talent. It’s beyond thrilling to be leading the charge with Real Country, and I’m on a mission to find artists who will keep country music diverse and dynamic. The kind of diversity that inspired all of us.”

Her North American tour, The Shania Now Tour, started on May 3 in Tacoma, Washington.

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