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Watch: One of the Trump Supporting Musicians at the Grammys is a Bisexual LGBTQ Activist

Monday Feb 11, 2019
Ricky Rebel arrives at the 61st annual Grammy Awards.
Ricky Rebel arrives at the 61st annual Grammy Awards.  (Source:Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Following in the steps of singer Joy Villa, musician Ricky Rebel made headlines this week for wearing a pro-Donald Trump outfit to the 61st Grammys Sunday evening.

Rebel, who identifies as bisexual and has advocated for LGBTQ equality, arrived at the ceremony wearing a blue jacket that was supporting President Trump's 2020 presidential campaign. Bedazzled on the jacket were the phrases, "Keep America Great" and "Trump 2020." He wore it over a white blouse, pants, and high heel knee-high boots.

Speaking with USA Today's Andrea Mandell on the Grammys red carpet, Rebel explained his support for Trump.

"I voted for Trump because I wanted to help the economy and now it is booming. I'm grateful for that," he said. "I get that nobody loves him but it's OK if you voted for him even if you're gay or black or a woman. I just love America. I'm very grateful for the opportunities that he gave to me — not he — but America gave to us."


Rebel, 38, has been a support of Trump for some time now and has faced backlash, especially given he is part of the LGBTQ community and advocated for equal rights.

Variety reports the glam rocker has posted pics of himself outside Trump Tower and often retweets the present. He also defended his support for Trump in a 2017 interview with the Independent Review-Journal, saying he backs the president because he supports the refugee ban and it doesn't mean he's against LGBTQ people.

"A radical murdered 49 LGBT in cold blood at Pulse Nightclub," he told the outlet, according to Variety. "That could have been me, my family, and friends there. I voted for the person who wanted to heavily vet refugees. The other candidate wanted a 550 percent increase in Syrian refugees. It only takes one."

In the past, Rebel has toured with Britney Spears and was apparently discovered by Michael Jackson in the late 90s.

Rebel wasn't alone in his outspoken Trump support. Villa wore a white dress with black outlining that resembles a brick wall with barbed wire tufts on her shoulders while carrying a purse that read "Make America Great Again." On the back of the dress, text read "Build the wall."

Speaking with Fox News, Villa, 27, who made headlines the last two years for wearing a pro-Trump dress, said she's "still a Trump supporter and supporting the president and what he's doing."

"This is my Make America Great Again purse and dress is by Desi Designs Couture, and it represents the wall," she added.

Desi Designs Couture posted a disclaimer on Instagram saying the clients' views, thoughts and opinions aren't necessarily the same as the company's.

"One in three women who are trying to come to this country illegally are sexually assaulted. Thousands of children are sexually exploited by coyotes bringing them across the border," Villa went on to tell Fox News. "Seventy percent of the heroin in our nation is brought in through Mexico. This is not personal against this country or the people.

"It's not about race. It's about protecting the people who are in this country. I'm Latina, I'm black. I support what the president says about building the wall, so that's what this dress represents," she added.

Villa, a Scientologist, said she once thought about running for Congress, Fox News notes.

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