Erin Lichy has released a somewhat confusing statement after she was exposed for allegedly donating to Donald Trump’s presidential campaigns in recent years.
“Regarding the hateful and misinformed social commentary going on about me, I’d like to dispel these false narratives before they continue any further,” she said in a statement. “I do not deny the election and have never supported stop the steal. I unequivocally believe that the 2020 Presidential election was fair and the President was rightfully elected.”
As noted by Variety, Erin—who appears on Bravo’s newly-rebooted Real Housewives of New York City—has been facing backlash after a Reddit post from last year about the political donations of the new cast members resurfaced in recent days. The thread has since gone viral with Bravo fans realizing that a search of the Federal Election Commission database shows that after the 2020 election, which resulted in Joe Biden being elected as President, Erin donated to WinRed four times. (WinRed is the Republican Party’s Political Action Committee for fundraising).
At this time, Donald Trump was already claiming falsely that the U.S. election had been stolen from him in the days after the 2020 election, which eventually led to the “Stop The Steal” campaign and the January 6th insurrection. Erin’s first two donations ($100 each) were made on November 5 and November 6 and were “not allocated to go anywhere specific.” However, the donations on November 7 and November 9, also $100 each, were marked for the “Trump Make America Great Again Committee.”
While new RHONY Erin Lichy said in her statement that she does not support the “Stop The Steal” campaign, her representatives failed to provide any context to the donations… which were made after Trump was publicly claiming the election was stolen.
While the revelations that some of the new Real Housewives of New York City cast members are Republicans do not really matter much to fans, it is somewhat hypocritical on Bravo’s side considering the show was rebooted in part due to Ramona Singer and co. making the series too political during Season 13. Bravo was clearly trying to find a different New York to show on screen but with this latest discovery, it adds more weight to the belief that the casting process at the network may need an overhaul.
In addition to Erin, the “updated” RHONY stars Brynn Whitfield, Sai De Silva, Jenna Lyons, Jessel Taank, and Ubah Hassan and airs Sundays on Bravo.