After drawing criticism for not endorsing anyone in the 2016 election. Taylor Swift made it official this afternoon: She is formally supporting Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 election. Swift appears as one of the cover stars in V magazine’s Thought Leaders issue.
She told the publication:
The change we need most is to elect a president who recognizes that people of color deserve to feel safe and represented, that women deserve the right to choose what happens to their bodies, and that the LGBTQIA+ community deserves to be acknowledged and included. Everyone deserves a government that takes global health risks seriously and puts the lives of its people first. The only way we can begin to make things better is to choose leaders who are willing to face these issues and find ways to work through them.
I will proudly vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in this year’s presidential election. Under their leadership, I believe America has a chance to start the healing process it so desperately needs.
Swift announced the cover on social media. “I spoke to @vmagazine about why I’ll be voting for Joe Biden for president,” she wrote. “So apt that it’s come out on the night of the VP debate. Gonna be watching and supporting @KamalaHarris by yelling at the tv a lot. And I also have custom cookies.”
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Swift’s endorsement of Biden comes as little surprise. Swift’s most-liked tweet is one she sent out in May condemning Trump for his tweet encouraging police officers to shoot protestors if they begin looting. She tagged Trump directly in the 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?” she wrote. “‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November @realdonaldtrump.”
Swift spoke to Vogue last September about why she felt like she couldn’t formally endorse Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. She was afraid her speaking out for Clinton would hurt more than help, as it was the same summer as her Snapchat scandal.
“Unfortunately in the 2016 election you had a political opponent who was weaponizing the idea of the celebrity endorsement,” she started, without dropping Trump’s name explicitly. “He was going around saying, I’m a man of the people. I’m for you. I care about you. I just knew I wasn’t going to help.”
Swift added. “You know, the summer before that election, all people were saying was She’s calculated. She’s manipulative. She’s not what she seems. She’s a snake. She’s a liar. These are the same exact insults people were hurling at Hillary. Would I be an endorsement or would I be a liability? Look, snakes of a feather flock together. Look, the two lying women. The two nasty women. Literally millions of people were telling me to disappear. So I disappeared. In many senses.”
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