Country music phenom Kelly Clarkson expressed support for Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy this week, prompting a backlash from conservative fans.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, a reporter asked Clarkson, "Speaking of presidents, the election is starting to get in gear. Do you like any of the candidates?" The pop star replied, "I'm a fan of Hillary. She's badass. I don't just want a woman to win, I want the right person. And I think she's also that."
Team Clinton, reacting to Clarkson's compliments, tweeted their own affirmation of the American Idol alum on Thursday:
Back at you, @kelly_clarkson. via @rollingstone http://t.co/SWMU3WTbGG— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1432242277.0
Bustle points out Clinton has been a fan of Kelly Clarkson's at least as far back as 2012, when the then Secretary of State emailed her deputies the following statement of encouragement before they testified at a congressional hearing: "Well, what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger (as I have rationalized for years), so just survive and you’ll have triumphed!"
Meanwhile, conservatives on Twitter have their own opinions about Clarkson's stated support for Hillary Clinton. What follows is a sampling of recent reactions to Clarkson's political comments in Rolling Stone:
Another reason to cancel American Idol! Kelly Clarkson supports pot legalization and Hillary Clinton | http://t.co/CRAlhiQxoZ— Info (@Info)1432642425.0
@kelly_clarkson so Obama has spent 8 years trying to destroy America and you support Hillary so she can finish the job. Wow!— Dennis (@Dennis)1432633080.0
Kelly Clarkson supports legalizing marijuana http://t.co/g6afIYJkSe and wants Hillary? Is she high or what!!!— 🇺🇸AmericaWeTrust🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸AmericaWeTrust🇺🇸)1432597772.0
@kelly_clarkson very sad you support hillary. She supports illegals taking our jobs, she is a millionaire and said shes broke.you lost a fan— Jengo Phat (@Jengo Phat)1432593955.0