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Demi Lovato on criticizing Trump: ‘I literally don’t care if this ruins my career’

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Demi Lovato on Wednesday took to Instagram to respond to backlash following the release of her new song criticizing President Trump. 

The 26-year-old singer shared a screenshot on her Instagram stories of a comment she received after releasing the music video to “Commander in Chief.” The comment read in part “I hope you realize this makes people that don’t have the same political views feel like they can’t listen to you anymore.” 

“I’m personally ashamed to be a Lovatic right now but no matter how hard it is I’m not letting this song change my feelings about you especially after everything you have helped me with,” the person also said. “I really hope this doesn’t ruin your career Demetria.” 

Lovato then shared her response to the comment, in which she stated that she had a right to her own political views, and that celebrities “aren’t just around to entertain people for our entire lives.” 

“I literally don’t care if this ruins my career,” Lovato said. “This isn’t about that. My career isn’t about that.”

“As much as I would like to be sad that I disappointed you, I’m too busy being bummed that you expect me, a queer Hispanic woman, to silence my views/beliefs in order to please my audience,” the singer said. 

Lovato unveiled “Commander in Chief” on Tuesday, which sharply condemns Trump and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, but not does not mention him by name. She sang the tune live for the first time at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday. 

“Commander in chief, honestly / If I did the things you do, I couldn’t sleep / Seriously, do you even know the truth?” Lovato sings. 

In another part of the song, Lovato asks, “Do you get off on pain? We’re not pawns in your game.”

She sings that Trump’s critics “won’t give up, stand our ground,” adding, “We’ll be in the streets while you’re bunkering down.”

In a Wednesday interview with CNN, she encouraged Americans to head to the polls on Nov. 3, saying “it’s so important that our voices are heard.” 

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