Country musician Loretta Lynn to Trump: Call me

The highest-profile celebrity to weigh in on Donald Trump this week may not be the actor Samuel L. Jackson after all.

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Country singer Loretta Lynn, a legend in Nashville whose life story was told in the movie Coal Miner’s Daughter, is also talking about the Republican presidential front runner – and she loves him.

“Trump has sold me – what more can I say?” Lynn told me over the phone just before the start of Trump’s rally Thursday in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Lynn’s friend, Phyllis Jones, 71, had driven to Rock Hill from nearby Charlotte, North Carolina and had called her famous pal while she waited for Trump to appear.

Lynn, 83, who penned and recorded country hits like “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “The Pill” and “Rated X,” still performs between eight and 10 shows a month. She said she has been stumping for Trump at the end of each show, and declared her support for him at an awards dinner in New York in early December.

She said her audiences generally respond warmly to her cheers for Trump, and that’s unusual.

“When you get up there and try to say you want to see Hillary Clinton win, that wouldn’t go over so big,” she said.

Other Republicans can’t live up to the real estate mogul, Lynn said, but Texas Senator Ted Cruz would be her second choice.

However, she said: “When you’re advertising for the best, forget the rest!”

Lynn added that she wants to campaign for him.

“I just think he’s the only one who’s going to turn this country around,” she said, but added she had no plans to try to contact Trump herself. “I’m going to let him call me.”

President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to singer Loretta Lynn at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, November 20, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed