Melissa Joan Hart has responded to the backlash she faced after she tweeted about Mitt Romney last year. The '90s star wrote that she was voting for the Republican and his running mate, Paul Ryan, in the 2012 presidential election.
"I got called every name in the book," Hart told Huffington Post Live on Wednesday. "[People wrote] that they hope I die, and that they hope my children are gay, which is somehow supposed to be some sort of punishment. [...] The hate was really unbelievable just from that simple tweet. Just by saying I was voting."
Melissa Joan Hart actually wrote several tweets about her support for Mitt Romney, even warning her followers about the political debate to come.
"Warning: I may get political today but just stating my feelings, not intending to sway anyone or get into arguments #maylosefollowers," she wrote last November.
Five hours later, Melissa Joan Hart tweeted her support for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
"Finish this sentence for me . . . Being a republican in Hollywood is like being . . . ???? #election2012" Hart tweeted. "Can't get too political in only 140 [characters] but for those asking, I'm voting #RomneyRyan."
Melissa Joan Hart also responded to the Mitt Romney backlash in a series of tweets shortly after her original one. However, she also noted that she gained 15,000 new Twitter followers because of her political views.
"So let me get this straight... I have the right to chose an abortion but not the right to vote for whomever I chose? #election2012," she tweeted, per USA Today. "Love how people can be ignorant enough to ask why I hate women!Grow up!I'm a woman &yes I get to vote for whomever I chose! #stayouttamyvote. I consider myself a conservative more than a republican. But overall I am just American! #voteordontcomplain."
The actress appeared on Sean Hannity's television show in November, shortly after Romney lost the presidential election to Barack Obama. There, she spoke about being conservative in Hollywood and revealed she primarily voted for Mitt Romney for his views on America's debt
"It is like a blacklist," Melissa Joan Hart said about Hollywood Republicans. "It's a little scary. I just found out there's a Wikipedia page that says who backed Romney in the celebrity [world]. [...] What's unbelievable is, I live in a country where I'm supposed to be able to have this freedom to choose whoever I want to vote for, whatever religion I want, and I feel like there are these limitations. It's not like it used to be."
Watch Melissa Joan Hart's interview with Sean Hannity below.
While Melissa Joan Hart did face backlash for her Mitt Romney tweet, she is not the only Republican in Hollywood. Actress Suzanne Somers recently slammed Obama's healthcare plan, comparing it to a Ponzi scheme. And another '90s star, Shannen Doherty, has not hidden her conservative views.
"I realize that the majority of people in the entertainment business happen to be Democrats," the former 90210 actress said. "I have no problem with that. And they should have no problem with the fact that I'm a Republican."