Demi Lovato premieres Trump-slamming single at Billboard Music Awards

Singer and activist Demi Lovato is not afraid of getting political, and during Wednesday's Billboard Music Awards she did just that with the world-premiere of her new single “Commander in Chief.” The new song is directed at U.S.’s commander in chief, President Trump, and references multiple political issues, including the recent protests for social justice reform. The song contains the lyrics, “Commander in chief, honestly if I did the things you do I couldn't sleep.” It even references the nation’s and Trump’s own battle with COVID-19. “We're in a state of crisis, people are dying while you line your pockets deep. Commander in chief how does it feel to still be able to breathe?” Prior to her performance, Lovato defended the new single saying, “I have a right to political views.” Based on the reaction on social media to her performance, viewers agreed.

Video Transcript

KELLY CLARKSON: Her songs are filled with empowerment and confidence. Here with the world premiere of her brand new song, please welcome Demi Lovato.

KYLIE MAR: Singer and activist Demi Lovato is not afraid of getting political. And during Wednesday's Billboard Music Awards, she did just that with a performance of her new single, "Commander in Chief."

[MUSIC - DEMI LOVATO, "COMMANDER IN CHIEF"]

DEMI LOVATO: (SINGING) Commander in Chief, honestly, if I did the things you do, I couldn't sleep. Seriously, do you even know the truth?

KYLIE MAR: The new song is directed at US Commander in Chief, President Trump, and references multiple political issues, including the recent protests for social justice reform.

DEMI LOVATO: (SINGING) We were taught when we were young, if we fight for what's right, there won't be justice for just some. Won't give up, stand our ground. We'll be in the streets while you're bunkering down. Loud and proud, best believe, we'll still take a knee while you're Commander in Chief.

KYLIE MAR: Prior to her performance, Demi defended the new single, saying, "I have a right to political views." And based on the reaction on social media, viewers agree, with one person tweeting, "She's actually unreal. Always count on Demi Lovato to use her voice for good."

DEMI LOVATO: (SINGING) In state of crises, people are dying while you line your pockets deep, Commander in Chief. How does it feel to still be able to breathe?