Who Is Joy Villa? And Why Is the President Tweeting about Her?

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Joy Villa is not the only right-leaning entertainment figure to have explored politics in the Trump era.

Joy Villa, or “Princess Joy Villa,” became known nationwide as a musical artist after her song “Make the Static” climbed the top 100 charts in multiple countries. Ms. Villa, a 26 year old Burbank, California native, became the subject of controversy when she wore a “Make America Great Again” dress to the 2017 Grammy Awards. This taste of the political spotlight may have influenced Ms. Villa to embark upon a new career in politics.

On October 30th, Ms. Villa tweeted: “I’m considering a run for US congress! If you support my Populist, Pro-America message Check out” with an attached link directed to her donate page. This announcement was preceded by a September appearance on FOX News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight in which Ms. Villa criticized the political views of many celebrities.

Joy Villa is not the only right-leaning entertainment figure to have explored politics in the Trump era. Musician Kid Rock had briefly considered a bid to represent his home state of Michigan in the US Senate. However, Ms. Villa’s potential campaign has been more positively received by many in the Republican Party.

Joy Villa garnered so much attention that even President Trump tweeted: “Good luck to @Joy_Villa on her decision to enter the wonderful world of politics. She has many fans!” Ms. Villa is currently deciding among Florida, New York, and California. California as potential states in which to launch her political bid.

The response from her Twitter followers has not been uniformly positive. She has been accused of attempting to profit financially from jumping on the Trump bandwagon. Additionally, critics on Twitter and elsewhere have suggested that her guiding philosophy is intertwined closely with the Church of Scientology. To this effect, Mike Rinder, a popular blogger, tweeted his own response to Mr. Trump’s endorsement of Ms. Villa: “She has duped a lot of your supporters. She is a #Scientologist first. That is her agenda.”

What the future holds for Joy Villa is unknown, and time will tell whether her campaign gets off the ground or becomes perceived as another Kid Rock-style publicity stunt.

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