Who doesn't love getting sucked in to watching hours upon hours of Fixer Upper on HGTV? I could seriously watch Chip and Joanna Gaines renovate homes in their hometown of Waco, Texas forever. But naturally, when watching Fixer Upper, you want to know more details about the people in front of the cameras, when the cameras are turned off. Details like, whether Chip and Joanna Gaines Republicans or Democrats, are details that are very important to some people, especially in the current political climate.
But Chip and Joanna, who currently live in the very red state of Texas, have kept pretty quiet about their beliefs and I don't blame them. A lot of people watch Fixer Upper (more than 3.8 million, in fact), so I could understand why the Gaines' wouldn't be too open to sharing their political beliefs with the rest of the world.
It is known that Chip and Joanna are both proud Christians, who've been open about their relationship with God in the past, but it is unclear if those values reflect their political affiliation. "Our family has made the decision to put Christ first, a lifestyle our parents modeled for us very well," Chip told The Billy Graham Evangelistic Organization in 2015. "They showed us how to keep our marriage and our family centered around God."
Romper has reached out to the Gaines' management company, Westport Entertainment, for comment.
Even if they haven't said anything about whether or not they're Republican or Democrat, it is 2017, and the couple is bound to have some kind of opinion on politics, right? Maybe. During the 2016 Presidential Election, Chip did tweet multiple times about Republican Primary Candidate Dr. Ben Carson. "An unexpected Republican candidate is surging big-time after the debate," Chip tweeted, along with an article about Carson in 2015.
In January 2016, Chip retweeted a statement from Carson that could have led fans to believe that Chip supported Carson or at least, supported Carson's messages. "We must stop making our political process about spectacle and must make it instead about the future of our nation," Carson tweeted. "Everyone has things or people or issues they connect with..I just connect with this message," Chip tweeted in reply. But Chip never explicitly stated whether or not he voted for Carson.
After votes were cast on "Super Tuesday" in March 2016 in different states (including Texas) during the 2016 Republican Primary Election, Carson dropped out of the race due to "disappointing finishes." Thus, Chip could have very well voted for Carson in the Primary Election but would not have been able to vote for him in the 2016 Presidential Election.
Although he expressed his support for Carson in the past, in early 2017 Chip made it clear that neither he or Joanna would be speaking out about their political beliefs any longer. In a blog post on their website, Magnolia Market, Chip told fans that they wanted to live "brave and bold lives" and respect the beliefs of everyone:
Joanna and I have personal convictions. One of them is this: we care about you for the simple fact that you are a person, our neighbor on planet earth. It's not about what color your skin is, how much money you have in the bank, your political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, or faith. That's all fascinating, but it cannot add or take away from the reality that we're already pulling for you. We are not about to get in the business of throwing stones at each other, don't ask us to cause we won't play that way.
While Chip and Joanna's political affiliation and voting history is unclear, one thing is certain — Chip and Joanna have a certain set of beliefs that they stand by while still respecting the beliefs of others.