Donald Trump’s presidential election may be one of the most divisive in the history of the United States. Although many celebrities made it clear that they did not support Trump’s presidential run and election in 2016, some celebrities that did publicly support Trump regret their decision. Canadian native and country singer Shania Twain just backtracked on comments she made supporting Trump in an interview with The Guardian. In the interview, Twain said, “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest.” The comment angered many of her fans who took their comments to Twitter. Twain has a large LGBTQ fan base who are angered by Trump’s lack of support. Twain quickly took to Twitter to explain her comments and retract them saying she only meant that she respected Trump’s honesty.
Here are celebrities who have publicly said they regret supporting President Donald Trump.
NFL quarterback Tom Brady once considered himself a friend of Donald Trump’s and supported his presidential run. Brady was even photographed sporting a “Make America Great Again” hat. His public support changed with Trump’s feud with NFL over players kneeling during the National Anthem. Brady backed up his NFL family. In September 2017, Brady said, “I certainly disagree with what (Trump) said. I thought it was just divisive.”
Lifelong Republican Caitlyn Jenner publicly supported Trump for president. Although the transgender Jenner didn’t agree with Trump on many issues, she did think he would support women’s issues and voted for him. Jenner was soon disappointed in her decision in July 2017 when Trump said that transgender Americans should not serve in the US Military. She renounced her support of Trump which she said was disrespectful.
Senator John McCain
As many other Republican Senators and Congressmen, John McCain initially supported his party and Trump’s run for the Presidency. When Donald Trump’s misogynist comments on the “Access Hollywood” set were leaked, Senator John McCain renounced his endorsement of Trump. McCain said “Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy.”
Music mogul Kanye West admitted that he did not vote in the 2016 presidential election, but later said that if he had, he would have voted for Trump. West did meet with President-elect Trump at Trump Tower to discuss topics that he hoped would be addressed by the presidency including education, violence in Chicago and bullying. West dropped his support of President Trump soon after he came into office. West is quoted as saying he was “super unhappy with the president’s performance over his first 2 weeks in office.”
In September 2015 actress Kirstie Alley tweeted her support for Donald Trump as a presidential candidate while watching Scott Pelley interview Trump on “60 Minutes”. When Trump’s misogynist comments on the set of “Access Hollywood” were leaked a year later, Alley rescinded her support tweeting that she would not support either candidate for the presidency of the United States.
Like Kanye West, Dave Chappelle did not vote for Donald Trump but did support him when he was elected President. He later publicly apologized for asking the public to support the President. At the Robin Hood New York City event soon after Trump took office, Chappelle said, “I was the first guy on TV to say ‘Give Trump a chance.’ I f—ked up. Sorry.”
Pop singer Aaron Carter publicly declared on Twitter in February 2016 that he was voting for Trump. Carter stated that America needed a leader and not a follower. Although he didn’t specify his reasons for dropping his support of Trump, Carter recanted his support of Trump two months later.