Stacey Dash apologizes for past support of Donald Trump: 'That's not who I am'

(USA Today) - "Clueless" actress-turned-conservative commentator Stacey Dash is walking back her previous support of former President Donald Trump.

Stacey Dash apologizes for past support of Donald Trump: 'That's not who I am'

Dash, 54, told the Daily Mail in an interview published Wednesday that the Jan. 6 Capitol riots were a turning point for her political opinions.

'When that happened I was like 'OK, I'm done. I'm truly done,' " she said. "Because senseless violence of any kind I denounce. What happened on Jan. 6 was just appalling and stupid."

Dash, best known for playing Dionne in the 1995 teen rom-com "Clueless," has since served as a political commentator for Fox News and ran for Congress in California in 2018. 

Looking back on some of the political stances she took, Dash now reflects she "made a lot of mistakes" due to anger, but now realizes feeding the emotion is "unsustainable … and will destroy you." 

"I've lived my life being angry, which is what I was on Fox News," she said. "I was the angry, conservative, Black woman. And at that time in my life it was who I was." 

Dash added: "There are things that I am sorry for. Things that I did say, that I should not have said them the way I said them. They were very arrogant and prideful and angry. And that's who Stacey was, but that's not who Stacey is now. Stacey's someone who has compassion, empathy. … If anyone has ever felt that way about me, like I've judged, that I apologize for because that's not who I am."

She now describes herself as "apolitical," though her stance on a few issues remains strong: She's anti-abortion and says she is "not a feminist." 

"'I don't believe in identity politics," Dash said. "I don't walk around looking at someone and saying 'oh, this is the color of your skin so therefore you are this,' or 'you're straight or gay so therefore you are this.' I don't judge people the color of their skin or their sexual orientation. That's not who I am."  

Dash has said she voted for Barack Obama in 2008, but then decided to support Mitt Romney in 2012 because she wanted "the next four years to be different." She now implores other conservatives to give President Joe Biden "a chance." 

"We have a new president," she said. 'Being a supporter of Trump has put me in some kind of box that I don't belong in. But he's not the president. I'm going to give the president that we have right now a chance."