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Pop star Taylor Swift took a swing at President Trump, accusing him of “gaslighting the American public” and attempting to run an “autocracy.”
The 29-year-old discussed her political awakening on Friday, telling the Guardian that she felt the need to get involved when “all the dirtiest tricks in the book were used and it worked.” She went on to accuse the president of “gaslighting the American public into being like, ‘If you hate the president, you hate America.’”
The article goes on to state the following:
“We’re a democracy — at least, we’re supposed to be — where you’re allowed to disagree, dissent, debate,” she said. “I really think that he thinks this is an autocracy.”
Swift said she was helping her mother during a cancer relapse while dealing with a feud between herself and rapper Kanye West during the 2016 election. “I was just trying to protect my mental health,” she said.
Swift also said she supported former Secretary of State and twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016, but reiterated that she felt at the time a public endorsement may have been a “hindrance” for the candidate.
Although she didn’t wish to add politics to her plate in 2016, during the election process for 2020 she vows to be a more vocal participant.
Swift was recently attacked by Trump-supporting singer Kid Rock, who accuses Swift of coming out against Trump for personal gain in a vulgar tweet.
Kid Rock tweeted: “Taylor Swift wants to be a democrat because she wants to be in movies….period. And it looks like she will suck the door knob off Hollyweird to get there. Oldest move in the book. Good luck girl.”
Taylor Swift wants to be a democrat because she wants to be in movies….period. And it looks like she will suck the door knob off Hollyweird to get there. Oldest move in the book. Good luck girl.
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) August 9, 2019
His tweet comes after these Swift comments in a Vogue interview:
“Unfortunately in the 2016 election you had a political opponent who was weaponizing the idea of the celebrity endorsement. He was going around saying, ‘I’m a man of the people. I’m for you. I care about you.’ I just knew I wasn’t going to help.
“The summer before that election, all people were saying was, ‘She’s calculated. She’s manipulative. She’s not what she seems. She’s a snake. She’s a liar.’ These are the same exact insults people were hurling at Hillary. Would I be an endorsement or would I be a liability? ‘Look, snakes of a feather flock together. Look, the two lying women. The two nasty women.’ Literally millions of people were telling me to disappear. So I disappeared. In many senses.”
I am happy to have her, but it is very gross that the moment Taylor Swift decided to finally disavow Trump (three years late, mind you) is just hours after her album drops — the pièce de résistance in her slow, thinly veiled campaign to regain sales from her liberal base. pic.twitter.com/Cc72R4QHPv
— Fran Tirado (@fransquishco) August 23, 2019
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) August 23, 2019
— The FADER (@thefader) August 23, 2019
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