All of this is just as her new album, “Lover,” debuts.
Swift, who is 29, told The Guardian for a new interview that went live on Saturday, “We’re a democracy — at least, we’re supposed to be — where you’re allowed to disagree, dissent, debate.”
She also described the political atmosphere during the 2016 election as “gaslighting the American public into being like, ‘If you hate the president, you hate America.’” She said she regretted not speaking out politically — and indicated that, had she been outspoken and active at the time, she would have endorsed Democratic Hillary Clinton for the White House.
In addition to that main point, here are the other notable positions she shared in The Guardian interview:
1.) “I really think that [President Donald Trump] thinks this is an autocracy.”
2.) She stands by her decision not to endorse anyone last time around. “I was just trying to protect my mental health — not read the news very much, go cast my vote, tell people to vote. I just knew what I could handle and I knew what I couldn’t. I was literally about to break.”
3.) Now she wants to “do everything I can for 2020.”
4.) Toward that end, she said she is definitely “pro-choice.” “I just can’t believe this is happening,” she added, referring to the new laws in certain states — Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi among them — that limit abortion after a certain amount of time has passed in a pregnancy in order to protect the life of the unborn.
“Obviously, I’m pro-choice. I just can’t believe this is happening.” She pledged to “do everything I can for 2020”. — Taylor Swift on the abortion ban in Tennessee [@guardian]
— Taylor Swift News (@TSwiftNZ) August 23, 2019
61 million people can’t purchase her music because their lives were ended in an abortion.
Guess that's not very "obvious" to @taylorswift13
Taylor Swift: “Obviously” I Support Abortion. “Can’t Believe” People Want to Protect Unborn Children https://t.co/Vcbgclk5Sw
— LifeNews (@LifeNewsToo) August 23, 2019
Aside from that new interview, she also mentioned earlier this year, in an essay for Elle, “Invoking racism and provoking fear through thinly veiled messaging is not what I want from our leaders, and I realized that it actually is my responsibility to use my influence against that disgusting rhetoric.”
She added in that March 2019 essay, “I’m going to do more to help. We have a big race coming up next year.”
She also said this: “Social media can be great, but it can also inundate your brain with images of what you aren’t, how you’re failing, or who is in a cooler locale than you at any given moment. One thing I do to lessen this weird insecurity laser beam is to turn off comments. Yes, I keep comments off on my posts.”
Her interview with The Guardian was her first U.K. interview in more than three years.
The publication described her as seeming nervous as she spoke to their reporter: “neither presidential nor goofy (her usual defaults), but quick with a tongue-out ‘ugh’ of regret or frustration as she pick[ed] at her glittery purple nails.”
It also noted that her recent single, “You Need To Calm Down,” “admonished homophobes and namechecked U.S. LGBTQ rights organization Glaad (which then saw increased donations). Swift filled her video with cameos from queer stars such as Ellen DeGeneres and Queen singer Adam Lambert, and capped it with a call to sign her petition in support of the Equality Act, which if passed would prohibit gender- and sexuality-based discrimination in the U.S.”
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