One of the many reasons Demi Lovato‘s loyal fans admire her so much is how unapologetically outspoken she is. The pop star has always been vocal about issues that are important to her, particularly encouraging conversation around mental health and being open about her personal struggles.
When it comes to politics, the story is no different. Back in November 2018, Demi returned to Instagram for the first time since her overdose with a photo at the polling station expressing her gratitude to be home in time to vote in the midterm elections. Today she’s even more committed to inspiring change with the surprise release of her new song ‘Commander In Chief’.
The political anthem sees Demi directly appeal to her country’s leader (Trump, we’re looking at you) and address the current state of the nation. You can physically hear the emotion in her voice as she takes no prisoners and calls him out for his actions regarding racial injustice and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Commander in Chief, honestly
If I did the things you do, I couldn’t sleep
Seriously, 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?
Speaking to CNN, Demi explained the song’s message and what inspired her to release it.
“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. 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.”
The song’s co-writer, Finneas O’Connell, praised her for the bravery it takes to put out music like this when your platform is as large as hers. But Demi isn’t worried about any potential backlash – especially not from the President himself.
“Bring it on,” she says. “Prove to them you’re exactly who I said you are in the song. Just do it, go for it.”
See the new music video below.