Kelly Clarkson angers fans with Ron Paul endorsement
Pop star Kelly Clarkson enraged some of her fans after endorosing Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Thursday.
The former "American Idol" winner wrote on Twitter, “I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t.”
She added, "I am a Republican but I actually voted Democrat last election."
In response to her comments several fans tweeted harsh criticisms of what they believe to be Paul's political views, namely his stance on gay rights. Clarkson seemed caught off guard by the response.
"I am really sorry if I have offended anyone. Obviously that was not my intent," she wrote in a follow-up statement. "I do not support racism. I support gay rights, straight rights, women's rights, men's rights, white/black/purple/orange rights. I like Ron Paul because he believes in less government and letting the people (all of us) make the decisions and mold our country. That is all. Out of all of the Republican nominees, he's my favorite."
“Man my eyes have been opened to so much hate tonight. If y’all ever disagree with something I say please don’t feel the need to attack me," she added. "I will listen to what you say and any articles or viewpoints you have when you say it with respect."