Loretta Lynn’s favorite president to play for was Jimmy Carter and she likes the Obamas and Bill Clinton, but she still thinks Donald Trump will be the next president.
In an extensive interview with Billboard, Lynn didn’t expand on the thought much other than saying, “Donald’s Donald” with a laugh. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013, the highest civilian award in the United States, for her contributions to the cultural fabric of America.
Trump is, of course, the billionaire real estate mogul and presidential candidate known more for his big ego and controversial statements than his political acumen. Lynn is no stranger to controversy either, and she even told Billboard you could call her the “No. 1 you-know-what-kind-of-stirrer.”
But Loretta Lynn was known for championing women’s rights and challenging sexism in society with songs like “Rated X” and “The Pill”, not belittling women and minority groups like Trump.
Lynn also revealed that she still gets together with one of her best friends Jack White, and that he’s the closest person to her in the music industry. White produced Lynn’s 2004 album Van Lear Rose. Since then he’s become one of the biggest names in the industry.
Lynn shared her thoughts on the industry and why she’ll never stop writing her own music. “Some of the records that come out [today] are a lot worse than my records ever thought about being,” says Lynn. “But whatever the trend, you can bet I’ll be in that: I’m not going to sit back and let somebody else take over the writing, the singing. As long as I’m on this earth, I will try to be on top somewhere. If you don’t feel that way, you don’t need to be in the music business.”
The country legend has written over 200 recorded songs and has 55 albums, and she’s still touring heavily at age 82. Her secret to longevity? “I never drank, I never smoked; I always took care of myself like that,” says Lynn.
And if you thought she may start to slow down, you’re sorely mistake. “When they lay me down six feet under, [then] they can say, ‘Loretta’s quit singing,'” she says. “I’ll have on one of my gowns. That’s morbid, but it’s the truth.”