Jennifer Lawrence ‘Was a Little Republican’ Growing up, but Donald Trump Changed That More for the Actor

Without social media and without anything coming out during the pandemic (so far), Jennifer Lawrence has laid low for quite some time. She recently popped up again when she and 11 other celebrities were on different covers for V Magazine’s “THE THOUGHT LEADERS” issues. She, along with Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, and more urged people to vote in the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election.

Now, in a new podcast interview, The Hunger Games star talked about her politics growing up and how they’ve shifted since President Donald Trump has been in office.  

Jennifer Lawrence revealed that she voted for John McCain and was ‘a little Republican’

Jennifer Lawrence at the premiere of 20th Century Fox's 'Dark Phoenix' on June 04, 2019.
Jennifer Lawrence at the premiere of 20th Century Fox’s ‘Dark Phoenix’ on June 04, 2019 | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

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On the Oct. 21 episode of the Absolutely Not podcast with host Heather McMahan, Lawrence talked about many things, one being politics. She mentioned how she never really talked about politics before since it’s “extremely hard” to do and it’s generally something many don’t want to touch on. 

She also shared how she grew up influenced her early political opinions. 

“I grew up Republican. My first time voting, I voted for John McCain,” Lawrence said. “I was a little Republican.”

McMahan shared how she did as well and made the argument that the Republican party’s shifted and is different after Trump. 

It’s maybe a bit jarring to hear Lawrence voted for McCain as opposed to Barack Obama. But she said that she grew up in a Republican environment that showed her “the fiscal benefits of some of the Republican policies” and allowed her to also see that “the social issues weren’t in line with [her] views.”

President Donald Trump was the ‘line drawn in the sand’ that changed things for Lawrence

Lawrence said that her politics changed as she got older, but Trump becoming president in 2016 was a defining moment in her political views. 

“For me, when Donald Trump got elected, that just changed everything,” 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 give a f*ck. I guess that’s the bottom line… It just changes things for me.”

She was referring to people who tell actors or other celebrities to stay out of politics. She said it’s too much for her not to talk negatively about Trump. 

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

Despite voting for McCain, Lawrence also said that she misses the days with Obama was president and the public could “go days, maybe weeks, without thinking about the president because everything would generally be ok.”

Lawrence is now an outspoken Joe Biden supporter 

Despite those semi-Republican views she shed as she got older, Lawrence has had more left-leaning stances for a while. In 2016, when the word “feminist” was a hot button issue at times, Lawrence considered herself one. She also was a big supporter of Planned Parenthood. She also wrote a letter in 2015 criticizing the gender pay gap in Hollywood. 

While on the Absolutely Not podcast, Lawrence also promoted her work with RepresentUs, which she’s been with for three years. 

“[RepresentUs is] an incredible non-partisan movement and anti-corruption organization working to unrig America’s broken political system, and put power back in the hands of the American people,” she said. “The hope is to make Americans aware of the corruption in our government, so we can vote it out.”

Again, she’s on one of the covers of V Magazine, encouraging people to vote and as a supporter for Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris.

“Voting is the foundation of our democracy and our freedom. And I would consider this upcoming election the most consequential of our lifetime,” she said, according to the publication’s Instagram. “I’m voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris this year because Donald Trump has and will continue to put himself before the safety and well-being of America. He does not represent my values as an American, and most importantly as a human being.”

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