WASHINGTON – Singer Joy Villa, who made headlines after wearing a “Make America Great Again” dress to the Grammy Awards, said Hollywood celebrities should put themselves in President Trump’s shoes before they publicly criticize him.
Villa said she supports Trump’s travel ban and that it’s not discriminatory toward Muslims.
“I think whatever protects America is the best for America. We love our neighbors, but we don’t let them into our house with guns, knives and bullets to hurt us, so just like we have locked doors, we do need locked borders. I strongly believe in that and it’s a temporary measure, and it’s something that will increase the pressure on those countries to really eradicate terrorism and go through their own and say, ‘hey listen, we’re getting pressure, we can’t travel because of a few small evil people, just a very small percentage, two percent,’ so they’re going to go in and start cleaning out those people,” she said during an interview with PJM at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference.
“Unfortunately, it’s not fun for those people who are innocent, but really we have to crack down on that, we can’t be sunshine and rainbows when it comes to protecting our children, protecting the lives of our citizens like every good country is going to have border control and I strongly believe in that,” she added.
Villa, who recently met with Ivanka Trump and Kellyanne Conway at the White House, was asked for her opinion of Leonardo DiCaprio and other celebrities who are upset about Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord.
“You’re always going to face criticism when you do great things like that. Great leaders scare people because they make bold choices. All decisions and history will show how great a president Donald Trump really is – I really, truly believe that and Vice President Mike Pence, who we just saw speak, was just a powerhouse. They are strong and at the White House that’s what I saw, people working hard,” she said.
“No one was sitting on Facebook or chilling or just relaxing, and now I say to the celebrities that are criticizing him, as you know, it’s why don’t you try being in his shoes before you talk bad about him? Instead of getting on your private jets and complaining about climate control, and it’s easy to just complain, but why don’t you do something about it if you believe strongly in something like climate change, then do something about it, but don’t just criticize our president as he is our president and we have to respect the office,” she added.
Villa said she plans to team up with Ivanka Trump in the future to fight human trafficking.
“I can’t speak for the future because there’s a lot of things still getting in place. I can say personal causes that I’m involved in now, which I’d like to forward with the aims of the administration, which would be ending human trafficking. That’s something we can all agree is pure – Ivanka pushes a lot to stop that and they’re just really humanitarians in the White House,” she said.
“So personally I’m involved with different things like human rights, ending human trafficking… stopping drugs as a solution for drug addiction, so non-medicated solutions for our soldiers who come back and have, you know, these issues. We shouldn’t give them the drugs, we need to listen to them, give them counseling, get them into their churches, give them help,” she added.
Villa said she would like to see more solutions from the federal government that “are not going to be government-based” but rather “faith-based, family-based, people-based – that’s what makes America great again.”
“I uphold all those values as a conservative and as a woman in Hollywood – you wouldn’t think I would, but that’s also one of my fights is to really bring truth and freedom and unity and power back to Hollywood and just kind of unite those values and bring values back,” she said.
Villa praised Conway and Ivanka.
“I did not meet with the president, but I met with Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president. She’s amazing, she’s one of my heroes, she rose, she’s just a powerful woman who just does not stop and does not stop. Her values are so strong, she just keeps on going, she’s really powerful, and I met with Ivanka Trump who is just an amazing incredible being,” Villa said. “She is so sweet and so much enthusiasm.”
She was asked for her reaction to those who have argued that Ivanka Trump has too much power and influence in the White House as the daughter of the president.
“I would say everyone’s going to insult somebody for something, you know, if too much power you have too little power, too. So you’re too tall, you’re too short, you’re too fat, and you’re too thin. People have no idea what’s going on behind closed doors, including me, I visited them,” she said.
“I was so blessed to be able to be there and what I see is hard-working individuals who really want to make America great and people need to look with their own eyes and look at other media rather than listen to rumors, that’s what I would say. Use your own eyes and see for yourself what’s real because I saw it and it’s amazing, things are really moving forward in America. I’m happy.”