After facing tough feedback from her former coach Abby Lee Miller during her run on Dance Moms, Kalani Hilliker is now facing feedback from the masses on social media after she appeared to endorse President Donald Trump. Fans of the Lifetime series have erupted in discourse, and Hilliker is now facing backlash, after she showed her support for the president on social media ahead of Election Day.
The controversy was sparked on Monday, when the 20-year-old, who appeared on Dance Moms from 2014 until 2017, took to her Instagram Story to share footage from Trump's rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the final stop of his campaign. In the post, Hilliker wrote that "everyone has the freedom to express their own opinions" and encouraged her 6.1 million followers, as well as others across the country, to "come together as Americans [sic] and respect one another." She also urged people to "use your voice and vote!"
No matter who you’re voting for use your voice and vote!!! It’s your right!!! ♥️🇺🇸 #Trump202020— Kalani Hilliker (@KalaniHilliker) November 3, 2020
Hilliker continued the messaging on Twitter. On Tuesday, as voters headed to the polls to cast their ballots, she wrote, "No matter who you’re voting for use your voice and vote!!! It's your right!!!" Adding a red heart emoji and an American flag emoji, she added the hashtag "[Trump 202020]."
Her back-to-back posts immediately sparked criticism from Dance Moms fans, who were quick to respond on social media. In their criticisms, many praised Maddie Ziegler, a fellow Dance Moms star who oftentimes led the competition. Keep scrolling to see what people are saying.
EVERYONE SAY IT WITH ME, MADDIE DESERVED ALL THE SOLOS— jj | BLM & BIDENHARRIS (@diapordiaa) November 3, 2020
there’s a reason why maddie danced circles around you— b ❀ (@sheeshgws) November 3, 2020
During their time on Dance Moms, Hilliker and Ziegler were often pitted against one another, vying for the coveted solo dance. Several people, in more humorous replies, joked that Zeigler deserved all the dance solos.prevnext
don’t be like kalani and kendall, be like nia, maddie, melissa, and dr holly pic.twitter.com/PekwAGT6Km— bella ᶜ△⃒⃘ black hair era 🥺 (@FREDWEASLEYLFTV) November 3, 2020
At this time, Ziegler has not publicly endorsed a candidate, though she has shown some support for Biden. Just last month, she interviewed Biden's granddaughter, Finnegan Biden. She shared the interview with her Instagram account, writing that "this is one of the most important elections of our lives and it's time to make our voices heard." She also encouraged her followers to "make a plan to vote."prevnext
this is pic.twitter.com/CG0hnnCz78— elsie (@91RECKLESS) November 3, 2020
Yeah no so not only are you voting against YOURSELF, your friends and your families rights. you’re also voting against the people that idolise you rights...this is not what a role model or any good human being should do— G²⁸ ♡ is nina’s biggest fan (@ICARUSWA11S) November 3, 2020
Dance Moms fans also voiced their support for the other young stars of the series, including Nia Sioux and Chloe Lukasiak. For many of young dancers, the 2020 election marks their first time voting, and several have taken to social media to share that they did in fact cast their vote.prevnext
at the bottom of the pyramid, we have kalani pic.twitter.com/qgXkXfHANb— myko (@mykorovin) November 3, 2020
we all knew who the suprior girls were pic.twitter.com/corrD9Rnyn— avery is praying 🤞🏼💙 (@hosiesrussett) November 3, 2020
While Ziegler has not addressed the current controversy surrounding her fellow Dance Moms star, Sioux has. In an Instagram Story Tuesday afternoon, she said that while she believes "everyone needs to respect each other… it's so hard to respect a president who doesn't respect me, or women, or minorities, or the LGBTQ community."prevnext
Maddie voting Biden and Kalani voting Trump has proved Maddie always deserved to be top of the pyramid 😌— annacross🌺 (@annacross_) November 4, 2020
i knew stanning maddie ziegler on dance moms was the right choice 😋😋 kendall and kalani stans cant relate— brooke ❊ suki week! (@victorxclove) November 3, 2020
Sioux went on to say that she is "all for respecting people." However, "at a certain point," she said, "when someone can't even denounce white supremacy how can you have respect for that person?"prevnext
Maddie and Nia trending rn on here bc Kalani came out as a trumpy— kali (like sally) (@musicbykali) November 3, 2020
See I used to feel bad, but that’s exactly why Maddie was on the top of pyramid 😌 #kalani— Alanna Hutton (@HuttonAlanna) November 3, 2020
Sioux added that America "hasn't been great and it's not going to be great until we have people in office that care about people other than themselves." She also shared several posts to her Story encouraging her followers to get out and vote and to remain in the lines even if they are long.prevnext
Maybe Maddie DID deserve all those solos 😗 https://t.co/s2lkrEIJ2z— Christmas Cass 🎄 (@CASSerole23) November 3, 2020
MISS KALANI WHAT IS THIS... yk what that’s why maddie was better anyway https://t.co/obGhzewOlQ— aus (@4THELOVEOFAM) November 3, 2020
Hilliker eventually returned to the social media platform to address the criticism. In a tweet, she wrote, "Yes at the end of the day we all need to come together as Americans no matter who wins."prev