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.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 21, 2015
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 | //t.co/CRAlhiQxoZ
— Info (@ConservativeCF) May 26, 2015
@kelly_clarkson so Obama has spent 8 years trying to destroy America and you support Hillary so she can finish the job. Wow!
— Dennis Yates (@dyates0914) May 26, 2015
@kelly_clarkson sick to read you support Hillary she is a "bad ass" liar Kelly-You can't truly be paying attention.
— Julie A. McClain (@Julesmacc) May 26, 2015
Kelly Clarkson supports legalizing marijuana //t.co/g6afIYJkSe and wants Hillary? Is she high or what!!!
— AmericaWeTrust (@america_trust) May 25, 2015
@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 (@JengoPhat_84) May 25, 2015