WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Country singer Taylor Swift denounced President Trump for probably thinking the US as a dictatorship and also expressed her disappointment with current US politics, reported The Guardian.
- The singer’s comments were quite unexpected due to the fact that she never made her political views public.
- However, during the interview, she felt remorseful for keeping quiet for years and has vowed to do something for 2020.
In an interview with British newspaper The Guardian, Taylor Swift criticized U.S. President Donald Trump saying that he probably sees the US as an “autocracy” and also said she has disillusioned with the state of US politics.
Swift’s disapproval of the president is quite rare because for over the years, the singer never made her political beliefs public. Now, she regrets remaining silent especially during the presidential election in 2016 where she said she would have backed Hillary Clinton.
“The things that happen to you in your life are what develop your political opinions. I was living in this Obama eight-year paradise of, you go, you cast your vote, the person you vote for wins, everyone’s happy! This whole thing, the last three, four years, completely blindsided a lot of us, me included,” she said.
Known for being low-key about her opinions on political issues, Swift told the news outlet that it was because she was told to remain quiet on such topics when her career in country music was launched. However, her stance changed last year when she endorsed two Democratic candidates in Tennessee, which led to a spike in voter registration in the state, said the newspaper.
According to Swift, she changed her mind after her involvement in a lawsuit with a DJ whom she accused of sexual assault. She won a 2017 trial when she countersued for $1 after the DJ sued her for making the claim.
When a friend questioned her about LGBT issues, Swift said she realized that she had to publicize her views more. Her latest album ‘Lover’ that was released on Friday included a song penned by Swift on LGBT rights.
“I can’t believe we’re here,” she told The Guardian. “I just wanna do everything I can for 2020. I wanna figure out exactly how I can help, what are the most effective ways to help.”
Aside from leading a petition calling for support on laws that fight for employment discrimination based on sexuality, she also told the newspaper that she will continue working to hinder chances of Trump being re-elected next year.