Singer Joy Villa almost broke the internet after she wore a bold dress supporting President Trump at the Grammy Awards. Today she joined Bold TV to discuss how she evolved from a Bernie Sanders supporter — she said she was “Berned out” and moved on after she studied his socialist views — into a Trump voter. As a young woman with African-American, Native American and Italian-American family heritage, Villa certainly doesn’t fit the profile of a typical Trump voter.
As a conservative who had many questions about Trump’s behavior on the campaign trail, I asked Villa if she was troubled by his comments on women and other groups. While Villa said she doesn’t condone every word out of his mouth, she said she looked at the bigger picture and saw his policies would take America down a far better path than Hillary Clinton. And Villa would know, after all, her husband is Danish and has firsthand experience with government overreach and hyper-taxation.
Villa said she and her dress designer, Andre Soriano, a Trump supporter and Filipino immigrant, were upset after hearing artists at the Women’s March in Washington saying they wanted to “bomb the White House” and wishing other ills on President Trump.
She asked her fellow artists who might be feeling frustrated or angry to take their passion and turn it into a song or writing or something productive and unifying (Lady Gaga’s explosively patriotic Super Bowl performance was a perfect example of this).
Villa’s words reminded me of the late, wise Carrie Fisher’s: “Take your broken heart, make it into art.”
Carrie Sheffield is the founder of Bold. She is passionate about storytelling to empower and connect others. A founding POLITICO reporter, Carrie contributed on political economy at Forbes and wrote editorials for The Washington Times. After earning a master’s in public policy from Harvard University, she managed credit risk at Goldman Sachs and researched for Edward Conard, Bain Capital founding partner and American Enterprise Institute scholar. She earned a B.A. in communications at Brigham Young University and completed a Fulbright fellowship in Berlin.