Demi Lovato is using her voice for more than just singing.
Lovato’s new song “Commander in Chief” is a direct message to Donald Trump. In the song, she calls out his response to racial injustice, COVID-19, and more.
She recently spoke to CNN about her new release.
“There’s been so many times that I’ve wanted to write the President a letter or sit down with him and ask him these questions,” Lovato shared. “And then I thought, I don’t really actually want to do that and I thought one way that I could do that is writing a song and releasing it for the whole world to hear and then he has to answer those questions to everyone and not just me.”
In the new song, which Lovato says she co-wrote, she sings, “Do you even know the truth/We’re in a state of crisis/People are dying/While you line your pockets deep/Commander in Chief/How does it feel/To still be able to breathe?”
Lovato stressed that it was not her goal to cause division with the song, but instead it is her hope that the song encourages her supporters to become engaged in politics and cast their votes in November.
“We have to turn up and vote because it’s so important that our voices are heard. And, honestly, for me, whether you are a Republican or Democrat, just get out and vote.”
Lovato says she isn’t concerned about becoming a target of Trump’s on Twitter as many entertainers that have spoken out against him have been in the past. She says a Trump stirred controversy doesn’t worry her at all.
“Bring it on,” Lovato said. “Prove to them you’re exactly who I said you are in the song. Just do it, go for it.”
Lovato shares that her decision to sing the song was a conscious choice. She joins a growing list of celebrities who have been politically outspoken and publicly criticized Trump.
“You’re damned if you do, you’re damned if you don’t. You can list Taylor Swift as a perfect example of that exact saying … for years she got trashed because she wasn’t taking a stance and wasn’t standing up for these rights and she kind of took a back seat and now she’s become very political and there are people that are unhappy with that too. It’s just, like, you have to live what feels authentic to you. To me, that’s using my platform to speak out about the things that I see that are wrong.”
Lovato has also been an advocate for the Mental Health Fund which supports organizations that are dedicated to offering individuals crisis counseling throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m a very social person and so not being able to see people, I’ve felt very isolated at times and my anxiety and depression has come back in waves and luckily I’ve done a lot of work and I have tools to help me out with that. But there are a lot of people who don’t have those tools,” Lovato said.
Lovato sent a message to anyone struggling right now. She stressed the importance of not being too hard on yourself and doing what you can to help others.
“Just have compassion,” Lovato said. “Know that you’re not alone, that a lot of people are going through exactly what you’re going through as well.”
You can check out Lavato’s “Commander and Chief” below.