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Janelle Monae criticises Trump administration’s ‘evil’ response to coronavirus pandemic


Janelle Monae calls out Donald Trump’s administration for their response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic (Picture: Rex/Getty)

Janelle Monae has described the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic as ‘evil’.

The singer and actress, who refuses to say Donald Trump’s name out loud, said that they believe the US government cannot be relied upon to tell the truth over the crisis.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, the star explained: ‘I’ve been trying to help the band and the crew as much as I can.

‘I’ve been trying. I’ll have to figure out different ways to financially support myself.’

They continued: ‘There was a moment where I did break down and cry. Not just for myself, but for everybody this is affecting – everybody who’s going to lose somebody.’

The Homecoming star added: ‘I’ve been doing a lot of organising, because we are not all in the same boat.

‘Staying at home for me is different than staying at home and not working for a mom with five kids, when she’s single and can’t afford to pay her rent or pay for food for her kids.’

The award-winning singer said they are furious about the response to the virus, adding: ‘The way our government is handling things – especially this administration – is evil.

‘We can’t trust this administration to tell us the truth, to protect us. It’s always going to be power first. It’s always going to be capitalism first.’

However, they said they see reasons to be optimistic about the future as she said: ‘There can be a real uprising. The majority of us do not want to continue to see things be the way that they are.

‘We’re demanding better health care for ourselves, demanding people listen to scientists as it pertains to the environment, as it pertains to our health.’

Janelle Monae will return to screens in season two of Homecoming which drops on Amazon Prime on May 22.

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