Debra Messing Apologizes for Saying Blake Shelton Endorsed Trump (He Didn't)
"@gwenstefani please talk to your man to not vote for the person who will STRIP you of your rights," the actress first tweeted in response to Shelton's Billboard cover story.
Debra Messing said her passions got the better of her.
After seeing headlines about Blake Shelton's cover story with Billboard — where he was asked about Donald Trump and his politics — the Hillary Clinton supporter took to Twitter.
In reply to a Vulture tweet saying Shelton was "probably voting for Trump," Messing sent a plea to Shelton's girlfriend, Gwen Stefani.
"Omg. How? @gwenstefani please talk to your man to not vote for the person who will STRIP you of your rights," the actress said in a tweet that has since been deleted.
Messing joined the star-studded roster of speakers at the Democratic National Convention this week. She introduced a first responder and a victim from 9/11 and performed "What the World Needs Now Is Love" with a slew of other Broadway stars.
In the Billboard interview, when the Voice star was asked if he supports Trump, Shelton said: "I'm not going to have the political conversation with you about Trump, or about Hillary Clinton, but I will tell you this: Whether you love him or hate him, he says what he thinks, and he has proven that you don't always have to be so afraid. A lot of people are pulling for him, no matter how much Hollywood fights it. I see people who don't like him go and beat up people that do like him. You tell me, who's crazy here?"
Adding that he will vote in November, he then said, "I probably wish there was another option, but there's not."
Shelton himself took to Twitter on Thursday to clarify that his comments were not an endorsement for Trump:
Hey before this gets going like it always does... I haven't enforced ANYBODY for president. And I not going to. I don't do that shit.— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) July 28, 2016
My comment about "wish there was another option but there's not" is across the board...period. Now go dig up another story.— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) July 28, 2016
Messing then backtracked by deleting her original tweet and sent out an apology to both Shelton and Stefani, which was well-received by Shelton:
He is a spectacular man! I'm a HUGGGGGGGGE fan. My passions got the best of me. I was mistaken to comment. https://t.co/8tabMiQd0m— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) July 28, 2016
Thank you sis.. I don't endorse anybody. For this very reason!! https://t.co/KCEU9h0Vc5— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) July 28, 2016
Thursday night sees the final night of the four-day DNC, as Chelsea Clinton will introduce her mother, Hillary Clinton, who will officially accept the historic nomination.