Jennifer Lawrence: ‘I grew up Republican. My first time voting, I voted for John McCain’

Jennifer Lawrence attends The premiere of "Dark Phoenix" in Los Angeles

When did you stop having girly sleepovers? I guess I stopped in college? I’m not saying that with any kind of pride – it would be nice to have a girls-night sleepover, even though – realistically – I would probably end up provoking a fight and bringing up some long-buried resentment and then I would cry and eat popcorn. Still, I admire the grown-ass women who embrace the girly sleepovers. Like Jennifer Lawrence, who has many close girlfriends in her life. She told the Absolutely Not with Heath McMahan podcast that even though she and her BFF are married (not to each other) they still have sleepovers.

Jennifer Lawrence‘s husband, Cooke Maroney, doesn’t have issues with his wife having sleepovers because he knows she values girl time. Lawrence admitted her most recent sleepover was the night before. “My friend came over and it was not planned, but she ended up spending the night and we slept in my bed and my husband slept in our guest room,” she said.

Lawrence explained that Maroney, 36, “knows the drill” about her sleepovers because it’s been a part of her life for years. “My best friend in the entire world, we used to have sleepovers all the time and then she got married when we were pretty young. I was, like, 24 and I was, like, ‘Well I understand, you know, it’s gonna change, you’re gonna get married,’” she recalled. “And she was like ‘No, it’s not.’ And we still to this day — she’s been married for seven years — we still to this day have sleepovers. Love a girly slumber party.”

[From Us Weekly]

Haha, Cooke slept in the guest room. That’s kind of funny. I wonder if Cooke is like “the guest room AGAIN? Why can’t SHE sleep in the guest room?” Because that’s no fun. The fun of girly sleepovers is talking for hours and making each other laugh, all with no boys around. This admission was very on-brand for Jennifer.

In the same podcast, Jennifer spoke about politics and how she used to vote for Republicans:

“I grew up Republican. My first time voting, I voted for John McCain. I was a little Republican,” Lawrence, 30, said. She said her upbringing allowed her to “see the fiscal benefits of some of the Republican policies” as well as realize “the social issues weren’t in line with [her] views.”

As Lawrence grew older, however, she said she “changed [her] politics based on the things [she] learned.” If nothing else, she said what “changed everything” was when “Donald Trump got elected.”

Referring to some of the biggest scandals of Trump’s time in office — while he insists he’s been unfairly targeted by critics — Lawrence said: “This is an impeached president who’s broken many laws and has refused to condemn white supremacy, and it feels like there has been a line drawn in the sand. I don’t think it’s right … it just changes things for me.”

“I don’t want to support a president who supports white supremacists,” Lawrence said on McMahan’s podcast.

[From People]

So, she turned 18 years old in August 2008, and she voted for McCain – and not Obama – that year. But did she vote for Mitt Romney in 2012?? Damn, girl. I get that she grew up in Kentucky and she likely was surrounded by Republicans and came from a Republican family. It takes a while for some people to deprogram themselves in adulthood. Still, notice how squirrelly she is about when she stopped voting for Republicans! F–k, did she vote for Mitch McConnell??

Jennifer Lawrence and husband Cooke Maroney step out for lunch in NYC

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  1. Sofia says:

    Not surprised she’s grew up/voted Republican tbh and I didn’t even know she was from Kentucky.

  2. ABritGuest says:

    Im not surprised given her background but also meant she was cool with Sarah Palin as a VP 🥴.

    • lucy2 says:

      Speaking of that particular devil, there is a flat out bonkers video of her going full word salad, in what I think is an attempt to persuade Lisa Murkowski to vote for Barrett? It’s hard to tell, because she comes across as flat out nuts.

      • Arpeggi says:

        Thank you for giving context to that video! I just saw it on Twitter and couldn’t understand why it was made (or what drugs Palin is on these days). It’s totally crazy.

      • waitwhat says:

        Wow, Lucy2, I just watched that video. She is certifiable! And to think she could have been a heartbeat away from the presidency. She’s using the unhinged Trump affect in that video.

  3. Darla says:

    Is she from Kentucky? Then she probably voted for McConnell, yes. I wonder what this means:

    She said her upbringing allowed her to “see the fiscal benefits of some of the Republican policies” as well as realize “the social issues weren’t in line with [her] views.”

    What is she saying exactly here? That the Republican positions on social issues are not inline with hers? When did she realize that their anti-woman rights, anti-LGBTQ rights, and other things along those lines, didn’t align with her own?

    It doesn’t matter I suppose. It’s likely that someone who has been a Republican can speak to current Republicans much better. Certainly better than I can, because I have NEVER been a Republican and I basically hold them in contempt. You aren’t going to win over anyone with contempt. I mean, I’m not a good spokesperson for the Dems and I know that. Also if she was 18 when all this happened, then it’s irrelevant. You don’t know isht at 18. Now if four years later at 22 she voted for Romney, I don’t know what to say about that. But at least she saw the light now.

    • Lizzielight says:

      She is saying money is more important. Her rich family just gets richer under republican policies.

      • MF1 says:

        Yes, this: “She is saying money is more important.”

        I was raised Republican. I think I’m only liberal or Democrat in my entire extended family. A lot of people, including my own parents, tend to vote Republican because they care primarily about their own pocketbooks. They don’t want their taxes increased and they don’t want to pay more than their fair share (i.e. it pisses them off that the poor and less fortunate might actually benefit from their tax dollars).

      • Dee Kay says:

        @MF1 I agree with your take, thank you for stating it so clearly.

      • Brenda says:

        She said on Ilana Glazer’s Instagram a few weeks back that her key Republican beliefs back then were related to taxes and religion, and that when she became a “citizen of the world” she realised taxes are massively important and also that she is no longer religious — so I think she literally just grew up and educated herself. What she said on that podcast implied she was still fiscally conservative but I think she implied on Glazer’s Instagram that she’s very pro-taxing the rich nowadays.

      • Polly says:


      • pottymouth pup says:

        that’s a fairly common attitude among middle class/upper middle class Republicans. They will vote based on their finances and have always been quick to point out that the heinous attempts to legislate morality (against: LGTBQ, abortion rights & birth control), and impose Christian superiority in public schools, etc. were all done by extremists who would get slapped down by the supreme court. Since those extremists were elsewhere and didn’t impact them or their children, they continue to vote Republican – even for McCain (despite Palin) & Romney. They saw the GOP’s regressionist platform as something they gave to get fundagelical support but that the GOP wouldn’t “really” act on. Many of my friends & co-workers fell into that voted Republican for financial reasons because they weren’t a target of the right and thought their friends who are targets would be safe. Most of my friends in that category finally recognized what they’d been doing when Trump came to power.

    • Midnight@theOasis says:

      I’ve read that McConnell isn’t well liked or thought of in Kentucky. Yet, the people keep electing him to the Senate. That is some serious Republican brain washing to keep voting for someone who doesn’t do the job you need him to do as a voter.

      • Izzy says:

        Kentucky is… really something. I’ve never seen a group of people so dedicated to voting against their own interests. But they just keep bringing Turtle Man back.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        When “earmarks” existed, McConnell brought home a lot of extra Federal bacon for the State of Kentucky. As long as extra Federal money flowed into Kentucky, McConnel was safe. Now that there is no extra Federal money coming into Kentucky and the problems with COVID-19, McConnell is no longer safe.

      • Mac says:

        McConnell is probably one of, if not the safest person in the Senate. His campaigning skills are unmatched. People hate him but he still gets re-elected every single time.

      • lucy2 says:

        McGrath is gaining on him, but he’s still ahead in the polls. I don’t imagine we’ll be so lucky as to see him fired by the voters, but maybe if turnout is high enough…

      • Becks1 says:

        I don’t think McConnell is going to lose re-election, so we need to do the next best thing and have a Senate majority so he loses a lot of his power.

      • Mac says:

        McConnell is up 9 points. Voter turnout can’t close a gap that big. As Becks says, focus on the races we can win.

  4. Millennial says:

    Breaking free from parental ideology is hard, but…yikes.

    2008 was my first election too, and I grew up listening to Rush Limbaugh every day on the car ride home. I attribute that to knowing by 8 years old that the Republican Party was garbage. Needless to say, I voted for Obama.

    • Kelsea says:

      Oh no, I too had to listen to that awful woman hating man with my mom in the car too. That and Dr. Laura!!!!!!

  5. Chris says:

    Eh a lot of young people vote for who their parents vote for. She’s admitted she’s not well educated. I’m not excusing ignorance, but ignorance can be fixed in young people. When you know better you do better.

    She and I are the same age and I have a Republican mom, but I voted for Obama when I turned 18 (and dems ever since). That’s because I began devouring magazines like Time and the Atlantic at a friend’s house when I was 16. I’m less inclined to offer her that kind of grace if she voted for trump in 2016 because by then she’s old enough to know better.

    • Ctkat1 says:

      She definitely didn’t vote for Trump- she was very vocally against him in 2015/2016, saying if he won it would be “the end of the world.” The phrasing from People made it seem like she didn’t change her political views until Trump was elected, but what she said was that she kept quiet about her liberal views prior to Trump because she didn’t want to alienate some of her audience, and he was the catalyst for her to get vocal politically despite the consequences.

  6. NixD says:

    Kids either go along with us or go opposite. I am a Democrat. My military son is a Trump supporter. He is the only one that I tolerate. LOL. Nothing to see here with Jennifer. I also suspect that if there was a different candidate other than Trump, she probably still would vote Republican.

    Sleepovers-I had one around the time “A Star is Born” came out. My two friends weren’t aware that there were 3 other versions of the movie, so we had a sleepover and watched the other 3. It was great-Mexican food, Sangria, snacks, movies and girl talk. Woke up the next day and had individualized scrambles and more conversation-just 3 almost 50 year old women having a great time!

  7. FHMom says:

    People have the idea that she was some country bumpkin from Kentucky, but I tend to believe she grew up in a solidly middle /upper middle class family. She was discovered while her family was vacationing in New York, which is a very expensive vacation spot. I’m not surprised her family are Republicans. I’m surprised she admitted it, though. Then again, she does say/do stupid things. It’s kind of on brand for her.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      She was raised as an upper middle class country bumpkin in Louisville, Kentucky (I know people in Louisville who know her parents) as many in Kentucky are. The same is true for many native Floridians; no matter how much money they have or which part of Florida they live in they are raised like bumpkins by bumpkins.

      • Jesma says:

        I’m from South Florida and we are not country bumpkins down here.

      • Jaded says:

        @Jesma – I don’t think BTB means everyone in South Florida is a bumpkin, there are plenty of well educated, reasonable people there. But my experience was that the bumpkins outnumbered the non-bumpkins. I had family there (my brother married a woman from Key Largo) and her family and friends were total bumpkins. I dreaded going for family visits because all she’d do was watch Fox news and rail against liberals and worship Sarah Palin. If you tried to have a discussion with her about Democratic policy she’d go off the rails and throw a complete temper tantrum. One night we’d gone to a seafood restaurant in Key Largo, and a young East Indian woman came in obviously looking for someone she was meeting there. She was wearing a sari and veil, not full purdah, but “Karen” went nuts and we literally had to hold her down she was so pissed off that a “Muslim” was in Key Largo. I tried to explain that she may very well have been Hindu but she’d have nothing to do with it. It was one of the most embarrassing things I’ve been through. Needless to say I haven’t gone back to visit since.

      • Vonnegut3 says:

        Hope that I’m interpreting your comment wrong and all Kentuckians are not being lumped as ‘country bumpkins’. That stereotype is getting old really quick. Many of us are educated, don’t vote Republican, NEVER voted for McConnell, are well travelled, and open minded. There are many, many in Louisville, regardless of status, that possess these characteristics.

    • Smalltown Girl says:

      Not American, but from rural Ontario and money doesn’t take away the rural mindset or the bumpkinness. You can grow up comfortable but still very much a country bumpkin.

      • shocked and appalled says:

        Yes, this. My well off cousins from what used to be a semi-rural suburb of Toronto (Newmarket) or totaly bumpkins in their political views, despite their wealth. Thank god the cousin I’m closest too (who lived in Florida for years & had her kids there) hates Trump. She’d never support him. I’m afraid to ask the others though.

    • Dee says:

      Louisville has voted Democrat in the last couple elections (which brought rebuke from the last GOP Governor, who was a Trump Wannabee). Louisville is seen as the “urban” part of the state. Jennifer’s mom runs Girl Scout camps. Jen went to public school and was known for being a friend of kids with disabilities. She continues to support the arts and community resources through her foundation. To call her a bumpkin is just wrong.

      • NixD says:

        I live in Louisville. If Louisville and Lexington votes were only counted, Kentucky would be firmly blue. I love this town.

      • Mac says:

        Eight of the last ten governors of Kentucky have been Democrats. There is a lot of political diversity in the state.

      • landsend says:

        Dee: Yes, the over generalization of people from Kentucky (and rural,red states/provinces overall) as being mostly stupid, backwards “bumpkins” is simplistic, ignorant, and unjust. My best friend’s parents and extended family are from Appalachian Kentucky and West Virginia, and are some of the brightest, most generous and accepting people I have known in my life. I, myself, have some educated, kind, and reasonable relatives from red states, as well. Too many Celebitchy comments on residents of the”red states”‘ are sweeping, stereotypical, and completely intolerant, so I find it ironic these same posters consider themselves to be the inherently tolerant, open minded ones. The world is just not as simple, as black and white, as good- versus- evil, as these people choose to think.

      • Vonnegut3 says:

        @Dee @NixD @Mac @landsendYes, yes,yes, and yes!!!

  8. Lemons says:

    It sounds like she voted w/e she thought was best for her bank account and didn’t need to worry about the social issues until the Republicans started being flagrant with their racism, homophobia, misogyny, classism, etc.

    I mean, I’m glad she and Taylor Swift are switching sides, but it’s unfortunate it’s happening so late in the game when so much damage has already been done.

    • Darla says:

      Taylor’s not “switching sides”. She was never a Republican, she just decided to start speaking out.

      • Redder says:

        Taylor has not actually said she was never a republican. She said she voted for Hilary last election, but who knows what her previous opinions were. She grew up with a conservative, republican family. It’s not a stretch to assume she was voting who her dad was voting for in her teens/early twenties.

      • Darla says:

        Okay, but it’s still not correct to state she “switched sides”. I can’t prove she never voted Republican, but I have no reason to think she did. If someone wants to think she did because her family is Republican, that’s fine. But it’s not a known fact. My family is Republican, in fact they’re MAGA, and I have never voted Republican in my life. My very first vote was for Bill Clinton in 92, and I went door to door for the dems that year, completely rebelling against my family. I never was even tempted to vote Republican. You just can’t assume things like that. That’s my opinion anyway.

      • Redder says:

        Again, I fully believe it’s not a stretch to think Taylor votes republican before. Especially in the way she recently markets herself as newly educated in politics and social matters. Your opinion may be different, switching sides is exactly how I would explain it. But you’re right, neither of us knows for sure.

      • Lemons says:

        Darla, please show me a photo, an article, anything of Taylor Swift campaigning for the possible first Black president of the United States AND in 2011 when he was running for re-election as the first Black president.

        If T. Swift were a Democrat or a progressive, she definitely would have jumped at the chance to campaign with him.

        Not taking a side at the point where “your side” is calling Michelle an ape is taking a side.

        I’m not saying Taylor or Jennifer are bad people. It’s just easy when you’re comfortable in your place in the US to not care or vote Republican when all the signs for a Trump election were there.

    • Darla says:

      Man you can think whatever you want, you can’t state that someone switched sides when they never said they were on the other side in the first place! What’s hard?

    • sa says:

      I’m not sure that Taylor Swift ever voted Republican. A couple of years ago I saw an old article with quotes from Taylor Swift about how exciting it was that Obama was elected in her first Presidential election. I only remember it/found it notable because I saw the article after people were talking about her being a secret Trump supporter. As I recall the article, I don’t think she said, in so many words, that she voted for Obama, but it was definitely strongly implied by how excited she was by his election.

      I know she avoided talking about politics for years, she would have been under 20 when she made these comments, so maybe the quotes were from before she was advised not to publicly discuss her politics.

  9. LP says:

    I’m sympathetic because this is exactly how I was raised, just in Michigan, not Kentucky. Conservative parents (Evangelical Christian in my case, not sure if hers are), straight Republican votes, you want to please mom and dad so you do what they’re doing. My first exposure to the outside world, so to speak, and I was done with that life!

    • Tyna says:

      West side or Northern half of Michigan? I grew in Michigan so I always wonder when I hear/read those types of comments. I found most outside of the south East bubble does tend to go republican at a higher percentage.

  10. Busyann says:

    I still mostly like her, but I’ve been on the fence a little more in recent years. I remember seeing her in that tv show she did with Bill Engvall and also Winter’s Bone (which was fantastic) but back then, she was still new. I feel like in recent years the early days of her career and background have been re-written a bit? I might be wrong, I’m not going back to look, but I really thought she grew up poor, at least that was the original story, and now, somehow the story is that she was from a more affluent part of Kentucky? I say all of that because, to me, it seems people are either poor and vote republican for cultural reasons or extremely wealthy and vote republican for greed and power.

    So which one was she?

    And full disclosure, I’m black and grew up in Texas and didnt come from wealth. My family definetly drink the republican kool-aid in the 90s but a lot of that was cultural. When I met my husband and went to college I realized that I, along with my family, had been voting against our own interests for years by supporting Republicans and we didnt even realize it until someone pointed it out. There might be a little of that happening with Jlaw too.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Jennifer’s father is/was a successful independent General Contactor in Louisville, Kentucky.

      Population of Louisville, Kentucky is 766,757.

  11. Lucy2 says:

    I can’t be shocked that an 18-year-old Kentuckian voted Republican.
    I hate that it took some thing as awful as Trump to make her rethink things, but I’m glad she did, and I hope she’s not alone.

  12. Angel says:

    I don’t see a problem with that. Everybody has the right to change political affiliations and John McCain is way more decent person than Trump.

  13. Monette says:

    No surprises here! She is a high school drop-out, lives on reality tv and worships Kris Jenner.
    The only surprise here is that she is not endorsing Kanye for president.

  14. Sayrah says:

    Yeah a lot of people have voted one way and then regretted it. I don’t think its a good idea to chastise someone who voted for Romney 8 years ago who is horrified by what the Republican Party has become under Trump. I’ll take all the Biden votes I can get.

    • lucy2 says:

      I voted for Chris Christie in his first term as governor. He used to do a lot of interviews when he was the States Attorney, and he came across much more fair and sane, and Corzine was not a good governor. Then Christie got elected, and his true conservative bully personality came out. I have regretted that vote ever since.

  15. Belig says:

    It’s even worse than that: she’s saying that Trump’s *presidency* changed things for her.

    Odds are, she voted for *Trump* in 2016.

    • Trufflefries says:

      That’s what I think too. I don’t read this as some awakening that happened because of Obama whom she voted against when she McCain/Palin in 2008.

    • Gunna says:

      She didn’t vote for Trump. She very publicly supported Hillary and even wrote an essay decrying Trump winning the election right after he won. For years before that she was supporting various progressive campaigns concerning immigration, LGBTQIA rights etc.

      I think she’s just saying Trump is the reason she’s fully cemented as a Democrat now. A ton of people who usually vote Democrat but considered themselves open to a certain type of Republican have slammed that door shut post-Trump.

      • Darla says:

        Yeah that makes sense Gunna. and your information puts her quote about social issues into clarity for me. So she was definitely saying she always disagreed with them on social issues.

      • Otaku fairy says:

        What Gunna said. She didn’t vote for Trump. On one hand, this is a little bit disappointing, because republicans have been different degrees of awful for a long time and that should have been clear enough by 2012 to her for sure. But all’s well that ends well, I guess. Obama won both times, so this is mainly just a confession that she was not a woke teen. I don’t know whether to roll my eyes and call her dumb for sharing this, or to appreciate her honesty.

    • Jesma says:

      No she didn’t. She has been smack talking Trump since his last campaign. She absolutely hates him. Last election there was conservative backlash against her because she trashed Trump on multiple interviews.

  16. ce says:

    When I was a pre-teen my school had us do research to decide who we would want to vote for in the upcoming election. I looked at all the info, and even though I grew up in a very Democratic/liberal family, I came up with the idea that George W would be a good pick. Now that I was tuned in to politics, I started paying attention to what his policies were after he was elected, and oh boy did I feel guilty for 8 years about my non-vote. So, I voted for Obama when I legally could and felt really great about it.
    I guess the point is that I wish as young people we were given more informed opportunities, the way people have now. Our present pre-teens are far better equipped to make a sound choice than I ever was.

  17. Becks1 says:

    I don’t blame her for this, TBH. at 18 your worldview is typically pretty narrow and if you’re from a place like Kentucky, where there is such a Republican stronghold, then I imagine that political worldview is even narrower. But at least she has realized that the financial policies don’t trump social issues?

  18. Kateeee says:

    I cant be mad at her for this? You grow up in a place where everyone thinks the same way, you end up thinking that way too, like it or not. Remember too that her formative teens were the post 9/11 “True Patriotism means Blind Support” Bush era. That’s a lot of indoctrination to overcome. Better appalingly late than never.

    • Vonnegut3 says:

      What do you mean by ‘you grow up in a place where everyone thinks the same way?’ I grew up in Kentucky in a much smaller town than her and moved to Louisville as an adult. So really I should be the ‘country bumpkin’ that is described above or have a narrow mindset because my town had one stoplight. Yet, my family’s beliefs are nothing like what she describes, quite the opposite actually. My parents were both well educated, well read, ‘cultured’, and raised us to have the same open minded principles as them. I think you will find that there are many people born and raised in Kentucky who think for themselves, form their own belief systems, and don’t vote for McConnell.

  19. Alissa says:

    I was going to say – she talks about what he’s done the last four years. I honestly am guessing she voted for him in 2016 and THAT’S why she’s being cagey about the last time she voted Republican.

    • Darla says:

      No Lawrence supported Hillary in 2016. I just double checked because I was sure I remembered this. Although to be honest, she said some stupid isht about insulting Trump voters. I think around the time of Hillary’s deplorable comment. She says stupid isht, but she’s trying I guess. I don’t know. I always want to like JLAW, I want to root for her. But she makes it hard.

  20. BnLurkN4eva says:

    Being able to choose between the candidates is mainly true of NOT Black people. Self respecting Black people don’t have the luxury of a choice in American elections. This is one of the things that most people don’t understand when the debate about who to vote for comes up. I almost laugh myself off the sofa when in the 2008 election periods people kept saying that Black people were only voting for Obama because he was Black. Hello, have you been paying attention the the last 50 plus years, when during that time has self respecting Black people not voted for the Democratic candidate. Self respecting Black people who wish to maintain the minimum rights available in this country have only one options in American presidential elections.

  21. Case says:

    I’ve been socially/politically aware and have known I’m liberal since I was 12. But not everyone is like that, and many people just believe what their parents do at 18. I don’t hold it against her for making that choice, but I’m glad she has come around and educated herself since then.

  22. Marty says:

    Must be nice to already be in your 20s when you have a political ‘come to Jesus moment’. A lot of us don’t have the luxury.

    • Jesma says:

      She isn’t the first nor last 18 year old to vote like her parents. I’m willing to bet that is the case for the vast majority of 18 year olds.

      • Marty says:

        18 is young, not infancy. I was able to make up who I wanted to vote for at her age. Why? Because I’m a biracial woman who learned young what the world was like for people who look like me.

        I will not be giving any white person a cookie for doing the bare minimum after staying comfortable in their ignorance.

    • Jesma says:

      I’m not white BTW. I work with teens and they may not be infants, but they are kids. Their brains aren’t even fully mature yet. The majority of kids probably register to their parents political parties at 18. Once people go to college, start workings, start interacting with different people things may stay the same or they might change. I’m not going to judge her for doing something most 18 teens do.

      • SofiasSideEye says:

        Black parents have to fear for their children’s lives every tine they go out the door. Black children don’t have the luxury to not know better. Black children are looked at by society as though they’re adults, they aren’t lucky enough to be considered “children” at the age of 18, hell not even at 12, not by cops, not by the world. Respectfully, I think there’s a huge blind spot in your thinking on this particular issue.

  23. Diamond Rottweiler says:

    It’s one of the Republican party’s all-time, greatest con jobs that they’re the fiscally responsible party. I don’t know why Dems don’t hammer this all day, every day. Every statistic demonstrates low income and middle class Americans grow their wealth under Dems while Republicans plunge us into greater and greater national debt and increase poverty nationally. But as long as people think the “trickle down economy” is anything other than a lie…🤷‍♀️ Sigh.

  24. NM says:

    Honestly, 2008 was a different time. Yes, the Republican Party was still problematic, but McCain was very different from Trump and the GOP we see today.

  25. Sass says:

    I read this as: I didn’t care until Election Day 2016, my bad.

    Like…it’s one thing to admit you used to vote republican etc. and you’ve deprogrammed yourself, but this reads to me that she either voted for Trump in 2016 or didn’t vote at all and now wants us to assuage her guilt, just like all those white suburban moms joking about starting an apology club for voting for trump four years ago.

    I don’t like her. 🤷🏼‍♀️

    • Brenda says:

      She made it clear on Ilana Glazer’s Instagram that she voted Republican once, in 2008 when she was 18 and uneducated on politics and just following what her family did. And like others have said, she was very pro Hillary in 2016. She also said that she had more of a “fluid” situation in terms of Republican policies up until 2016, when things changed. A lot of places have reported her quotes in a way that makes it seem like she was totally a-okay with Republicans and voted Republican until Trump began being outwardly racist and disgusting, when that isn’t the case.

      Personally I admire her for being so open, especially when, like so much she does, it gets reported everywhere in a generally sensationalist way.

  26. Jay says:

    I think I always sort of assumed she was from rural Kentucky – blame Winter’s Bone- but actually a quick google search says she was raised in a suburb of Louisville and ride horse growing up. So I can see her growing up believing in the “financial benefits” espoused by the right wing that surrounded her. More crucially, it also seems that she did not finish middle school, so maybe never had the chance to learn more and develop her own worldview.

    Honestly, kudos to her for listening, and speaking up – now if only some of Trump’s remaining loyalists who “privately” disagree with him would do the same.

  27. Valiantly Varnished says:

    White girl from Kentucky voting Republican isnt all that shocking. What I question is how long she voted Republican before coming to her senses.

  28. SM says:

    I don’t care. I don’t care about your voting history now. Now it is crucial to vote against Trump. Period. She is an example that even a lifetime of tradition this time should be put aside and as many people are possible need to realise that they are choosing between some kind of future or the collapse of the Republic. At this point in time that is the only thing that should matter. This election is beyond party politics.

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  31. Lisa says:

    Did she vote Trump in 2016???????????????????????????????

  32. Lauren says:

    I did not vote for McCain, but he was a great man and would have made a great president.

  33. Jules says:

    I like her well enough but even if she voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016…would she have voted for a WOC or another POC?

    She was friendly with Lena Dunham, right? And feminism was ‘trendy’. I can see Jen just not being very political or educated in general. She’s coming of age in a different time and she’s in Hollywood so she’s going with that.

    It’s not as if she’s really coming to her own conclusions or considered the social issues as strongly as fiscal ones. She’s very privileged in a way. I’m sure she’s very nice too but if things were different who’s to say she wouldn’t vote for another Republican. She knows Donald Trump is an embarrassment but she’s learning I guess….her family probably still voted Republican though.

    Oh and the info on her family has always been mixed! She’d talk about them owning or looking after horses and then switch it around as if they weren’t rich, that they were just in proximity to wealth. I think some or thsr was her PR team and the ‘cool girl’ or regular girl Schtick she had going but also so many of those families that vote Republican probably see themselves as the ones who are really struggling and not privileged at all despite all ‘their hard work’.

    So we know she was as polished as a lot of actresses! There are more humble down home girls who don’t get the success she does. It’s such a moot point now I guess.