Taylor Swift is ready to name names. The once notoriously politically-silent singer tweeted directly at Donald Trump this afternoon, following the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer who was filmed pinning him to the ground in Minneapolis. Protests in the city started in response to the officer not being arrested, and they had become violent.
Trump further fueled controversy by encouraging officers to shoot protesters should they loot (“these THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” Trump wrote. “Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”) Twitter even censored Trump’s tweet for “glorifying violence,” the social media platform’s starkest action ever taken against Trump.
Swift tagged Trump in her tweet, writing, “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.”
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
Swift has spoken about her disapproval of the Trump administration before in interviews and discussions with fans, but she has never tweeted to the President, directly criticizing him.
In an August interview with The Guardian, Swift described the political atmosphere Trump created as “gaslighting the American public into being like, ‘If you hate the president, you hate America.’” She added, “We’re a democracy—at least, we’re supposed to be—where you’re allowed to disagree, dissent, debate. I really think that he [Trump] thinks this is an autocracy.”
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