Jennifer Lawrence wants to make it clear after sharing last week that she used to be a “little Republican” because of how she grew up. The actress took to Twitter to clarify her voting record.
The actress shared that she grew up in a Republican family and voted for John McCain in 2008. However, she continued that through Barack Obama’s presidency, she grew up to realize she was voting against her own rights.
She shared that she is proud to say she is a Democrat. Her statement comes after her interview with Absolutely Not podcast host, Heather McMahan. The actress talked about a variety of things including her wedding to Cooke Maroney and how she spends her time.
However, people were quick to call out Jennifer’s political remarks. The actress had shared that she was raised to see the financial benefits of some of the Republican policies. She revealed that was one of the reasons why she cast her first ballot for former Arizona Senator John McCain.
Jennifer shares how through time she realized the social policies of the Republican party do not match her views. The actress also revealed how back when Donald Trump got elected, it changed everything. She said, “This is an impeached president who’s broken many laws and refused to condemn white supremacy and it feels there’s been a line drawn in the sand.”
The Hunger Games star had written for V Magazine and made it clear previously that she will be voting in this year’s election. She noted how it was because of the racial inequalities the country faced. Jennifer wrote, “The bad news can feel overwhelming at times, but the most important thing is to stay focused on the ways we can all be part of the solution.”
“The People Enacting Real Change, And That Gives Me Hope”
The actress wrote how in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others, she is inspired by millions of people around the world. She wrote, “I’m inspired by the millions of people around the world who have banded together to finally say ‘enough’… the collective voice of the people enacting real change, and that gives me hope.”
Jennifer joined Twitter this year in the wake of the events that were happening to use her voice amid the injustice. She pledged that her actions were just the start for finding justice for the Black community.
JLaw’s new Twitter account @JLawrence_RepUs is in support of Represent Us. The anti-corruption campaign includes representatives like Kerry Washington, Rachel McAdams, Omar Epps, Orlando Bloom, J.J. Abrams, Ben Harper, Elizabeth Banks, Sophia Bush, and more stars.
Jennifer serves as a member of the council. In her first tweet, Jennifer shared a Represent Us video. The video features Omar Epps who talks about the high percentage of incarcerated Black men in America compared to all the other countries.
Lawrence captioned the post mentioning that 1 in 4 black men will be in jail at some point or the other. She writes @omarepps and @desmondmeade will explain how to fix the system and how corruption has broken it.
In her second tweet, Jennifer posts a personal statement calling for justice in the case of Breonna Taylor.
Breonna Taylor fatally shot on March 13 by Louisville Metro Police. She and her boyfriend were at home when the police raided their house late at night. They were looking for someone who was already taken into custody at the wrong address. Breonna, 26, was shot eight times.
Jennifer Calls Out Attorney General
In her statement, Lawrence writes how for three months, after Breonna’s murder, her family and people all over America have asked for justice. She continues saying still how all the calls for help went unanswered. Lawrence informs that the officers responsible for her death remain employed by the LMPD. And even the LMPD’s own investigation report is inaccurate.
Lawrence says that as a Louisvilian and as a human being, she cannot be silent. She calls out to Daniel Cameron, Attorney General, to take action. Lawrence urges him to look into the matter with transparency. The 29-year-old urges Cameron to hold those responsible for Taylor’s murder “accountable”.
She goes on to request to address the LMPD’s insufficient response to Breonna Taylor’s murder. Lawrence concludes by saying “As many activists and leaders have been imploring for years: #SayHerName.”