- The Washington Times - Friday, July 29, 2016

Liberal actress Debra Messing has stepped in it once again on social media, this time with erroneously charging country music star Blake Shelton of endorsing Donald Trump.

Ms. Messing has since apologized to Mr. Shelton, People magazine reported on Friday.

The “Will & Grace” star was incensed when Mr. Shelton told Billboard regarding Mr. Trump, the GOP presidential nominee, “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,” the magazine said.

Ms. Messing apparently took that as an endorsement of the New York businessman and took to Twitter, calling on Mr. Shelton’s girlfriend and “The Voice” co-star Gwen Stefani to get her beau in line politically. 

“Omg. How? @gwenstefani please talk to your man to not vote for the person who will strip you of your rights,” Ms. Messing wrote in a tweet that she subsequently deleted. 

In a series of tweets, Mr. Shelton responded Thursday to erroneous reports of an endorsement by saying he has a policy of not talking politics.

“I purposely stay out of pushing my opinions on people. I encourage young people to make up their own mind,” Mr. Shelton told one follower in a tweet.

“Ok- I regret commenting. My passions got the better of me. Sorry. @gwenstefani @blakeshelton,” Ms. Messing tweeted Thursday afternoon.

“Thank you sis.. I don’t endorse anybody. For this very reason!!” Mr. Shelton replied, accepting the apology.

In June, Ms. Messing, an advocate of gun control, was roundly criticized for a selfie she posted when she learned of a shooting at UCLA. She quickly issued a qualified apology.

“I am heartbroken and embarrassed that many people misconstrued my actions and that I caused offense,” said the actress, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid and spoke at the Democratic Party convention in Philadelphia.

“That’s the last thing I want to do,” she added, saying the “horrendous irony of the timing” of the selfie underscored for her the “need for all of us to do something together to make the U.S. safer.”

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