Rock The Vote is an original series, where I make an educated and researched guess on who certain celebrities are voting for Nov. 3, 2020.
Let’s take a look at Miranda Lambert. Note: This celebrity was requested and if you too would like to request a celebrity for me to politically analyze, please let me know.
Miranda Lambert is a country musician from a small east Texas town. She was once married to Blake Shelton, who was featured on yesterday’s Rock The Vote, and now she’s married to a former police officer.
In a 2017 Billboard interview, Lambert said she wouldn’t talk about politics.
“I am a 100 percent believer in not ever using the platform that I’ve built for anything other than music, because music to me is an escape from your own reality,” she said. “I don’t want to go to a show and hear somebody preach about their opinions.
In a 2017 Washington Post article, Lambert’s Pistol Annies bandmate Angaleena Presley said she wished more country artists would speak up about politics.
“I wish that more country artists would speak out — because we are from those little towns. Rural America needs a voice in this country,” she said. “I mean, we write songs that they relate to. Because we are them.”
In 2019, Lambert announced that she married Brendan McLoughlin, a former NYPD officer. During summer 2020, Black Lives Matter protests broke out across the country after police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd, a Black man who had the cops called on him after he allegedly used a counterfeit $20 bill.
The Black Lives Matter protest was met with a counterprotest, the Blue Lives Matter movement, “which advocates tougher hate-crime sentences for the murder of police officers,” according to Business Insider.
Many people called for cities to defund the police. CNN explained what that means as: “Instead of funding a police department, a sizable chunk of a city’s budget is invested in communities, especially marginalized ones where much of the policing occurs.”
President Donald Trump said presidential nominee Joe Biden supports defunding the police, however, Biden does not support that.
I could not find any posts from Lambert or her husband supporting either Black Lives Matter or Blue Lives Matter.
In a 2014 profile of Lambert in Marie Claire, Lambert’s mom told the magazine that Lambert won a political debate in high school.
“But after Lambert won her debate on Democrat vs. Republican ideals during the 1996 election, ‘it was the beginning of her whole life changing.'”
In a 2017 interview with Meghan McCain for The Daily Beast, Lambert says she is a “lifetime member of the NRA.”
In July, the NRA endorsed Trump because he promised to keep Americans’ Second Amendment rights.
In 2019, Lambert attended a Pride parade to celebrate LGBTQ+ people, including her brother.
“Trump has barred transgender people from openly serving in the military, rolled back protections for trans students, flat-funded HIV/AIDS work globally and pushed for exemptions that would allow health care providers to refuse care to transgender people and those with HIV/AIDS,” USA Today reports. “He barred U.S. embassies from flying pride flags, typically done in June to mark global Pride Month.”
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