Well, it looks like Taylor Swift has lost a fan… or at least 25% of one.
President Donald Trump shared in a recent interview outside the White House that he has some hard feelings about Taylor’s music following her endorsement of Tennessee Democrat Phil Bredesen in an Instagram post on Oct. 7. “Let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25 percent less now,” he said, according to People.
Trump then added his support of Bredesen’s Republican opponent Marsha Blackburn, who Taylor called out in her Instagram essay, “Well, Marsha Blackburn is doing a very good job in Tennessee,” Donald Trump said. “She’s leading now substantially which she should. She’s a tremendous woman. I’m sure Taylor Swift doesn’t know anything about her.”
He appears to be wrong on that last point, however, since Taylor clearly outlined the reasons she would not be voting for Blackburn come the election for U.S. Senate and commented on Blackburn’s voting record.
“As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn,” Taylor wrote. “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.”
In the aftermath of Taylor’s political statement, many outlets have noted increases in voter registration. With the deadline to register approaching, it makes sense that the number of registrants would rise with or without Taylor’s help (and it’s not known which party affiliation these new voters identify with). However, considering Taylor has nearly 30 million more followers than Trump, her influence on voters and potential voters could definitely be possible.
That social media following, in addition to the more than 2 million copies sold of her newest album Reputation, make it unlikely that Taylor will notice Trump’s possible 25% decline in streaming her music. Also, that 22% joke was sitting right there, Mr. President.
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