Stacey Dash 'shocked, saddened' by attacks after she said she backed Mitt Romney

Actress Stacey Dash told talk show host Piers Morgan she "was shocked, saddened," by the ferocious attacks she received on Twitter after voicing her support for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The "Clueless" actress, who voted for barack Obama in 2008, said she supported Romney "because of the state of the country, and I want the next four years to be different."

"I believe him. I watched him, the Governor and his wife, on 'Meet The Press,'" she explained. "They spoke to me, they seemed authentic and genuine."

Dash also echoed Martin Luther King, Jr. in her support of Romney, saying: "I chose him not by the color of his skin but the content of his character."

Dash first expressed her support on her Twitter account, and received scores of vicious replies.

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“You’re an unemployed black woman endorsing Mitt Romney. You’re voting against yourself thrice. You poor beautiful idiot,” one Twitter user wrote, while @Black Voice wrote, “Stacey Dash had a perm since birth. I knew I couldn’t trust her.. lol.”

Several others went as far as to encourage “the old hag” to “kill herself.” One suicide encourager is listed as a doctor and politically active Democrat in Washington D.C., and although he reportedly has deleted the inflammatory “kill yourself” tweet, it was captured by social media news site,

Regarding the online attacks, Dash told Morgan:  "The fury, I really don't understand the fury. I don't understand it. I don't get it... But you know what, you can't expect everyone to agree with you."

Dash, 46, was not without online support.

“Thank you for being willing to think for yourself despite what your haters have to say,” tweeted one user, while another noted, “You can NEVER, EVER (did I say never?) NEVER leave the Dem party if you r Black. Once you do, the name calling begins.”