August 16, 2022

Shania Twain just spoke out after bombshell announcement that she would have voted for Trump

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Shania Twain was one of the first country music artists to crossover to pop when she hooked up both professionally and personally with superstar rock producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange, the man behind the platinum success of artists like AC/DC, Def Leppard, and Maroon 5, in the mid-1990s.


Twain was so enormously successful at fusing country and pop sensibilities on her records that it’s hardly an exaggeration to say that without Shania Twain, Taylor Swift would still be a struggling unknown musician. Her groundbreaking crossover appeal led to a massively successful career that came to a screeching halt after she discovered that Lange, her husband and producer, was living up to his nickname by dogging around with Twain’s best friend.

Even before her subsequent divorce from Lange, Twain had put her career on hold after a tick bite gave her Lyme’s Disease and caused her to lose her voice to a point of being unable to sing. After a 15 year break from the music industry, a throat operation restored her singing ability and last year Twain released her first album of original material since 2002.

All of this would be a standard comeback story worthy of a fawning music business documentary were it not for Twain’s decision to discuss politics in a recent interview with The Guardian.

While the Canadian-born resident of Switzerland does not have the citizenship to vote in the United States elections, she nevertheless told The Guardian that if she could have, she would have voted for Donald Trump.

“I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” Twain 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 bullshit. 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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Perhaps living in tranquil Switzerland has sheltered Twain from the daily revelations of the latest depths that the Trump administration has sunk to, or maybe her statement was a cynical attempt to maintain her appeal with the more right-wing members of country music fandom, but the news of Twain’s support for Trump took Twitter by storm and the reaction was decidedly not positive for the most part.

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Shania Twain’s political manifesto may not have worked out quite the way she intended, with her large gay fan base definitely jumping ship after declaring her support for Trump. But perhaps the best response on all of Twitter came from a parody Donald Trump Twitter account that captures his unique voice perfectly.

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Shania Twain did not expect such a torrent of negativity to result from her offhand political comment. She immediately went on the social media platform to explain herself and apologize.

Nice save, Shania. Perhaps that 15 year break left your interviewing skills a little rusty. We’ll give you the benefit of the doubt for now, particularly since you haven’t spent much time in the U.S. since Trump’s inauguration. Still, you get to live in a nice neutral country like Switzerland, so perhaps you should consider staying neutral in our political dialogue next time. You at least have the option of returning home to a Canada under Justin Trudeau, while we’re stuck here with the orange dotard.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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