Taylor Swift has not been shy about her political affiliations and her desires to see Democrats win elections. Her latest political stunt occurred at the recent VMA Video Music Awards where she called out the Trump administration.
The singer promoted the Equality Act at the awards with her latest song “You Need to Calm Down” and during one of her appearances on stage. She called for the passage of the act which is unknown whether it will be taken to a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.
It looks like it is time for Kanye West to take away her mic again.
The White House was quick to respond to the attack and issued a statement responding to the incident.
“The Trump Administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all. However, the House-passed bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights,” a White House spokesperson said in a statement.
When recently interviewed with The Guardian, Swift remarked how she is avidly pro-choice and discussed her regrets in not doing more during the election to hinder Donald Trump.
The 28-year-old went as far as calling Trump an “autocracy.” During 2016, she kept a low profile, but she now says she is very remorseful for not doing more to stop Trump. Swift expressed severe regret after not publically endorsing Hillary Clinton.
She has now pledged to do everything she can for 2020.
In 2018, Swift came out swinging when she strongly endorsed two Tennessee Democratic candidates for the midterm elections. The two candidates the pop-star supported were Democrat Phil Bredesen for the Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives.
She enthusiastically encouraged her millions of fans to vote Democrat and wrote in a message, “We want leadership, not fear-based extremism.” Pleading with fans, she urged them to educate themselves on the candidates running in their respective states. Registering to vote was also covered by Swift, she provided info to her fans on how to do that.
When it comes to a Republican-led abortion ban bill, Swift said she vows to fight against it. This bill aims to redefine fetal viability. While Taylor Swift’s fame and status may not make me change my mind on thinking it is okay to murder innocent unborn lives. The story may be different for the millions of impressionable young girls who follow her.
In 2018, Swift passionately spoke out against Republican Tennessee representative and former Congress candidate Marsha Blackburn. Swift said Blackburn’s voting record “appalls and terrifies” her.
In June, Swift took to her Instagram to write a letter to Lamar Alexander, who is a Tennessee senator. She called for the U.S. Senate to pass the Equality Act, which entails to “protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their places of work, homes, schools, and other public accommodations.”
Despite Swift’s best efforts, Rep. Marsha Blackburn won against Democrat Phil Bredesen by more than 200,000. Blackburn jokingly zinged Swift and said, “Well, I hope Taylor will shake it off.” After her big victory, Blackburn guaranteed that Swift and her fans will still have an open door with her.
Once again, the singer aimed at President Trump and wrote, “I personally reject the President’s stance that his administration ‘supports equal treatment of all.”
Counselor to the president, Kellyanne Conway, fought back at Taylor Swift’s VMA Video Music Awards attack. Conway spoke with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum and said that while she is a fan of the singer’s new song, she criticized her political activism methods.
“The president and the White House support equality.” Conway stated, “We don’t support pieces of legislation that have poison pills in it that can harm other people. Look at this economy — it’s equally open to everyone.
After winning Video of the Year, the top prize of the VMA Music Video Awards, she took the stage to use it as an opportunity to push her political beliefs. She encouraged fans to sign a petition for the Equality Act and says it has warranted a response from the White House.
China is now getting in on the action and has used Swift’s accusations of Trump “gaslighting” his opponents into questioning their devotion to America. In an opinion piece entitled, “Why Are the Chinese Brushing Aside Trump’s Tweets?” The writer, Mu Lu devalued China’s reported concern at the threats President Trump has been sending to China. This begins on the bases of Trump ordering American companies to leave from China and move their production to the United States.
Lu says that Trump’s warnings are just a bluff and quotes Swift’s claim that Trump is “gaslighting” his rivals and being a bully to those who disagree with him politically. The writer continues to say that Trump is continually losing credibility with his supporters and opponents.
Taylor Swift is by no means the only elite celebrity to attempt to use their fame to bash President Trump. Notable model, Chrissy Teigen regularly takes to Twitter to show her disdain for Trump and continues the onslaught of insults against him. Actress and singer, Alyssa Milano has been very open about her hate for the president from the very beginning and regularly tweets crude commentary about him. Famous NBA players, Stephen Curry and LeBron James have both used their notoriety to degrade Trump and declined to go to the White House. Transgender actor, Laverne Cox lashed out at the and claimed president does not value trans-Americans.
Celebrities, just like every other American, have the right to free speech. That being said, using one’s fame to degrade the president of your nation publicly is not considered couth. If they want to use their notability to try and persuade the young, impressionable followers who idolize them, then I guess that is their right. However, as citizens, we should realize that Hollywood and other elites do not speak for us. We the American people speak for us, and we are the ones who elected Donald Trump to be our president.