Taylor Swift Past Comments About Donald Trump
I have never been one to put too much weight on any entertainer’s endorsements in politics, but Taylor Swift has suddenly come front and center in the Trump campaign.
This happened because a report came out that Biden was courting an endorsement from Swift in the election to draw in more young voters.
In response, Trump's surrogates went scorched earth against Swift, with Trump even stating that he thinks he is more popular than Swift.
Here’s What She Said
Taylor’s interest in politics appears to have originated in 2018 when she made a post on social media encouraging people to register to vote after expressing her main concerns.
In particular, Swift spoke out against Senator Marsha Blackburn, whose voting record she said “appalls and terrifies me.”
To that point, she endorsed Phil Bredesen in the Senate and Jim Cooper in the House.
In 2019, Swift was featured in Elle, where she stated, "I felt compelled to speak out against issues endangering our most vulnerable citizens at risk."
Then, in an interview with the Guardian, she seemed to regret not becoming active earlier and clearly would have endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign. It was also the first time she was really critical of Trump.
In 2020, Swift became far more vocal, calling Marsha Blackburn “Trump in a wig.” She also allowed one of her songs to be used in a Biden campaign ad.
In 2021, Swift opened up about politics during a Vanity Fair interview, again discussing how she became more active in politics during the Trump administration.
During this time, it also became apparent that Trump had an ax to grind with Swift, apparently frowning upon Swift’s music being played in the White House during his tenure.
While not endorsing anyone in the 2023 races, Swift has encouraged people to register to vote via Vote.org.
Trump, on the other hand, was asked about her relationship with Travis Kelce, to which he responded, "I hope they enjoy their life, maybe together, maybe not — most likely not.”
Trump surrogates have already teed up a full assault against Swift if she endorses Joe Biden, so this race will start to get very interesting if Swift decides to jump in with both feet by endorsing Biden.
Again, for me personally, I could care less what stars think, as they have zero impact on how I will vote, but I do realize the influence Swift holds with younger voters, and why the Trump camp is getting antsy about her possibly publicly endorsing Joe Biden.