Appearing on an NBC Out panel, out
singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge said that Donald Trump is a
product of the entertainment industry.
Etheridge was asked by Brooke Sopelsa
to explain her support for Hillary Clinton, Trump's Democratic rival
for the White House.
“Because starting a few months ago I
realized that 2016 is being directed by Quentin Tarantino,”
answered, referring to the Hollywood director.
“Our entertainment industry created
that,” she said of Trump's campaign. “Our electorial system
became a TV show.”
“I met Donald Trump at a gay wedding.
But he stands there and … he says we're going to roll back the gay
rights and the whole thing. He is pandering to people watching TV.”
“They are afraid; it's fear. They
are afraid of anything that's different than this very narrow life
that they lead,” Etheridge said, adding that you combat fear with
“I'm actually grateful for Donald
Trump running for president, because it brings all of this right up
to the surface. … We're talking about … that person is going to
ruin your children [instead of the economy], or whatever they think
we still do; I don't know.”
Etheridge added that she believes
Clinton will win in a landslide.