Taylor Swift’s support of election appeared when she has opened up about her political beliefs again. In a new interview with The Guardian published on Saturday, August 24, the “Lover” singer opened up about the current political climate, sharing her opinions on Donald Trump’s presidential administration.
The days of Taylor Swift’s departure from politics are long over, and in a new piece of Elle, she only made it clear that he intends to be even more participate in the 2020 presidential election and we will see her support of the election.
The 29-year-old singer-songwriter spoke about her stance on abortion and how she thinks President Trump is tearing the country apart too.
“The thing I can’t get over right now is gaslighting the American public into being like ‘If you hate the president, you hate America,’” she explained the Guardian’s Laura Snapes. “We’re a democracy – at least, we’re supposed to be – where you’re allowed to disagree, dissent, debate. I really think that he thinks this is an autocracy.”
The Grammy winner declared she felt torn about what America stood for after the 2016 election, when “all the dirtiest tricks in the book were used and it worked.”
Swift explained the climate as “gaslighting the American public into being like, ‘If you hate the president, you hate America.’”. She also stands by her choice to not support anyone in the last election, when she avoided the public eye because of her mother’s struggle with cancer and her very high-profile fight with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
In recent months, Taylor has made her political stance explicitly known. Just before the midterms, the singer revealed that she would be voting Democrat in the election, and she boosted her fans to register to vote too (an action that soon spiked an uptick in early voting in the state of Tennessee).
She next shared a letter she wrote to her state’s senator, urging him to support the Equality Act, and has also taken an individual stance as an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. “Rights are being stripped from basically everyone who isn’t a straight white cisgender male,” Taylor recently explained to Vogue of her decision to get involved.
“I didn’t realize until recently that I could advocate for a community that I’m not a part of. It’s hard to know how to do that without being so fearful of making a mistake that you just freeze. Because my mistakes are very loud. When I make a mistake, it echoes through the canyons of the world. It’s clickbait, and it’s a part of my life story, and it’s a part of my career arc.”
In her latest article, Swift explained why she waited so long to speak out and why she has now determined to make her views known.
“I’m finding my voice in terms of politics. I took a lot of time educating myself on the political system and the branches of government that is signing off on bills that affect our day-to-day life. I saw so many issues that put our most vulnerable citizens at risk, and felt like I had to speak up to try and help make a change,” she answered. “Only as someone approaching 30 did I feel informed enough to speak about it to my 114 million followers.”
In the new issue of Elle, where she appears on the cover, Taylor lists 30 lessons she has learned before turning 30, ranging from the happy to the deeply personal. She will have her milestone birthday on 13 December.
Swift states that she was frightened to go on tour after a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena killed 22 people, and a shooting in Las Vegas killed 58 people.
“I didn’t know how we were going to keep 3 million fans safe over seven months. There was a huge amount of planning, time, and effort put into keeping my fans safe,” she wrote, adding that she additionally worries about her own safety because her address has been posted online.
“I carry QuikClot army grade bandage dressing, which is for gunshot or stab wounds,” she wrote. “You get enough stalkers trying to break into your house and you kind of start prepping for bad things.”
While speaking with The Guardian she goes on to discuss the 2020 election again. Taylor expressed remorse for not speaking out sooner but moved that she did as much as she could handle at the time. “I was just trying to protect my mental health – not read the news very much, go cast my vote, tell people to vote,” she said. “I just knew what I could handle and I knew what I couldn’t. I was literally about to break…. I wanted to try and help in any way that I could, the next time I got a chance. I didn’t help, I didn’t feel capable of it – and as soon as I can, I’m going to.”
And it seems as though her chance is here. With the 2020 presidential election just around the corner, there’s plenty of opportunities for Taylor to use her platform to encourage and mobilize young voters, as well as be an advocate for marginalized communities. what is her plan? “I just wanna do everything I can for 2020,” Taylor said. “I wanna figure out exactly how I can help, what are the most effective ways to help.”