Look what they made her do! Many have spoken out amidst national conversation about President Donald Trump’s recent tweets, among whom is an international pop star whose tweet may just influence the 2020 presidential election.
On Friday morning, Taylor Swift slammed President Trump on Twitter, admonishing him for his comments on the Minneapolis riots. Swift took to social media in response to the President’s tweet from Thursday which addressed the protests and riots that are spreading across the nation in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers. Trump tweeted “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” and was met with much criticism for his comment which was an echo of the racially charged words used by Miami Police Chief Walter Headley in 1967.
After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November. @realdonaldtrump
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 29, 2020
Taylor’s fanbase or “Swifties” as they are called, have a reputation of rallying behind the singer and her calls to action and Swift’s tweet, which criticized the President and his words, hit over a million likes in less than five hours and went on to become her most liked tweet ever. “We will vote you out in November,” Swift warned Trump, accusing him of “stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency.”
This tweet also emphasizes the shift from the apolitical stance that Swift has taken for most of her career. In the initial stages of her career as a teenager, she refused to talk about politics saying that she was too young to want to influence anyone’s decisions and even remained silent during the 2016 election.
The singer eventually came out as a Democrat in October 2018 and supported Democratic candidates in the Tennessee midterm elections. She explained this decision both in an Instagram post and her 2020 Netflix documentary Miss Americana saying “I’m sad that I didn’t [speak out] two years ago, but I can’t change that.” She added, “I’m saying right now, that this is something that I know is right, and you guys, I need to be on the right side of history.”
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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈
Some criticized the singer for speaking out and lashed out at her for taking such a strong stance.
The President did not threaten violence. You are falling for a Twitter fact check.
Also, Trump will win in November.
— Lauren Boebert for Congress (R-CO3) (@laurenboebert) May 29, 2020
Wake up sweetheart! The jig is over!
The masses are awake and your mask has been removed. My kids will never listen to your music again. There’s still time to redeem yourself and your soul. WWG1WGA
With love, from Australia ❤️
— Fiona Hitchens (@HitchensFiona) May 30, 2020
However, evidenced by the numerous likes and retweets Swift received, the tweet resonated with a large audience, many of whom, such as Alyssa Milano and Ben Platt, took to social media to praise the singer for speaking up.
Thank you for using your voice for good.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 29, 2020
QUEEN TAYLOR SWIFT AFTER TWEETING THIS pic.twitter.com/nliGw66SwT
— sam (@samanthaswft) May 29, 2020