After Jennifer Lawrence’s comments about being “a little Republican” during her first time voting made headlines, the actress took to Twitter to clarify where she stands politically now and her journey to getting there.
Lawrence spoke about growing up in a Republican household in Kentucky on Dear Media’s Absolutely Not podcast last week. She told host Heather McMahan, “I grew up Republican. The first president, my first time voting, I voted for John McCain. I was a little Republican.”
Lawrence added that she could see “the fiscal benefits of some of the Republican policies,” while also being aware “the social issues weren’t, you know, in line with my views.” When Donald Trump got elected, “that just changed everything” for her, she continued. “This is an impeached president who’s broken many laws and has refused to condemn white supremacy,” Lawrence said. “And it feels like there’s been a line drawn in the sand.”
Those comments got wide media pickup, with many outlets using Lawrence’s “I was a little Republican” quote in their headlines.
Yesterday afternoon, Lawrence explained her stance further, saying she is a proud Democrat now whose own political views developed in adulthood.
“I would like to clarify my voting record, which is the subject of many circulating headlines,” she wrote in a statement. “I grew up in a republican family and voted for John McCain in 2008, but through Obama’s presidency, and growing up to realize I was voting against my own rights, I am proud to say I am a Democrat.”
Lawrence endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 election. She appeared in V magazine’s Thought Leaders issue and explained why she’s voting for Biden.
“Voting is the foundation of our democracy and our freedom,” she said. “And I would consider this upcoming election the most consequential of our lifetime. I’m voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris this year because Donald Trump has and will continue to put himself before the safety and well-being of America. He does not represent my values as an American, and most importantly as a human being.”
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