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‘Clueless’ actress ‘saddened’ by backlash over Romney endorsement [VIDEO]

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Taylor Bigler
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“Clueless” actress Stacey Dash was on the receiving end of vicious and racially charged attacks after she tweeted her endorsement for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, writing: “Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future.”

Dash, who is of black and Mexican descent, appeared on “Piers Morgan Tonight” Tuesday to address the vitriol.

“People are going to have their own opinion and that’s the point. We’re all entitled to our opinion, and I used my platform to exercise my First Amendment right as an American citizen to say who I am choosing to vote for,” Dash told Morgan.

The host asked Dash why she voted for President Barack Obama in 2008, but changed her mind this election season.

“I would say because of the state of the country — and I want the next four years to be different. And I believe [Romney]. … I’ve watched him for awhile, and then when I watched him — the governor — and his wife on “Meet The Press” with David Gregory,” Dash said. “You know, they spoke to me — and they seemed authentic and genuine in what they said about this country and the need for us to be united and move forward.”

Morgan asked the actress if the the backlash was due to the fact that she is a black woman who is choosing to vote for Romney instead of Obama. He read a tweet directed at Dash that read, “You’re an unemployed black woman endorsing Mitt Romney. You’re voting against yourself thrice, you poor beautiful idiot.”

Dash responded: “The fury, I really don’t understand the fury,” she said. “I don’t understand it. I don’t get it. … I was shocked, saddened. Not angry. Saddened and shocked — really shocked. But you know what, you can’t expect everyone to agree with you.”

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