- The Washington Times - Monday, April 23, 2018

Music star Shania Twain has apologized for offending fans with the assertion that she would have voted for President Trump if she were a U.S. citizen.

The Canadian singer behind “You’re Still The One” ditched her “MAGA” support less than 24 hours after the publication of U.K. Guardian interview touching on her personal politics. Ms. Twain was initially impressed by the billionaire’s ability to cut through “bulls—t.”

“I would like to apologize to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with the Guardian relating to the American President,” the began a series of tweets Sunday evening. “The question caught me off guard. As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context.

“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.”

“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,” she continued. “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.”

The country and pop star’s first reaction to Mr. Trump touted his willingness to offend others with unvarnished opinions.

“If she had been able to vote in the U.S. election, she would have plumped for Donald Trump, she says,” the newspaper reported Sunday. “‘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?’”

The singer’s social media feed immediately filled with upset fans on both sides of the political fence. Anti-Trump articles competed with followers who told her not to vacillate in response to criticism.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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