White House adviser Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayKaren Pence confirms move back to Indiana: 'No place like home' Pence urges 'positive' agenda to counter Biden in first speech since leaving office Kellyanne Conway joins Ohio Senate candidate's campaign MORE on Tuesday dismissed Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison SwiftThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Social media flooded with 'ring of fire' eclipse photos Taylor Swift presses support for Equality Act in Pride message The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden wants Congress to pass abortion bill, pushes for Mideast cease-fire MORE’s call for the White House to support the Equality Act while singing the song the pop star used to advocate for the bill.

"I actually like the new Taylor Swift song. It's called 'You Need To Calm Down.' I can sing it for you, you know, where she says, 'If you say it on the street that's a knockout. If you put it in a tweet that's a cop-out,'" Conway said on Fox News, invoking some of the lyrics from the song.

"I love that. That basically is Washington in a nutshell," she added.

Swift included a link to her Change.org petition backing the Equality Act, which would extend rights to the LGBT community and passed the Democratic-led House in May, at the end of her music video for “You Need To Calm Down.”


Accepting her MTV Video Music Award for best video of 2019 for the song on Monday, Swift tapped her wrist, suggesting she’s waiting for a White House response now that the petition has more than half a million signatures. 

“At the end of this video, there was a petition, and there still is a petition, for the Equality Act. It now has half a million signatures, which is five times the amount it would need to warrant a response from the White House,” Swift said

"Equality Act" was also displayed in bright yellow lights as Swift performed the song to open the awards. 

Conway said on Fox News that the president supports “equality” but that “we don’t support pieces of legislation that have poison pill in it that could harm other people.”

Conway did not expand on what “poison pills” the legislation includes.  

She added that Swift is “welcome to her opinion” but warned about celebrities getting involved in politics.

“When Hollywood and singers and all go political, it sounds in the moment like it’s very popular, and we’ve seen so many times where it backfires and it blows up,” Conway said. 

“But she’s also somebody who went up against President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE head-to-head in the United States Senate race in Tennessee and lost handily,” Conway added, referencing Swift’s endorsement of Democratic Tennessee Senate candidate Phil Bredesen over Sen. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnGOP senator introduces constitutional amendment to ban flag burning Fauci on Blackburn video: 'No idea what she is talking about' Pentagon report clears use of drones made by top Chinese manufacturer MORE, the Republican who won in 2018. 

The public endorsement was seen as Swift’s first public political statement. 

White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere told CNN that the administration rejects discrimination but does not support the bill. 

"The Trump administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all; however, the House-passed bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights," Deere told the outlet. 

The Democratic-controlled House voted for the bill in May, but it has not been brought to a vote by the Republican-majority Senate.