Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison SwiftThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Pelosi takes victory lap after breaking months-long standoff The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Gosar censured as GOP drama heightens MORE says in a new interview that she is "obsessed" with politics, but is voicing caution about not wanting support from celebrities like herself backfiring against Democrats in 2020.
Swift said in an interview with Rolling Stone published Wednesday that she is focused on mobilizing for Democrats ahead of the 2020 elections, saying she wants to "help and not hinder."
“Really, I keep trying to learn as much as I can about politics, and it’s become something I’m now obsessed with, whereas before, I was living in this sort of political ambivalence, because the person I voted for had always won,” she said.
“We were in such an amazing time when Obama was president because foreign nations respected us. We were so excited to have this dignified person in the White House. My first election was voting for him when he made it into office, and then voting to re-elect him," she said.
The Grammy winner also appeared to weigh in on President TrumpDonald TrumpMedia giants side with Bannon on request to release Jan. 6 documents Cheney warns of consequences for Trump in dealings with Jan. 6 committee Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official MORE winning the White House in 2016, saying, "I think a lot of people are like me, where they just didn’t really know that this could happen.”
Swift, who long stayed quiet about her political leanings, has become increasingly vocal about politics, using her star power to speak out in support of gun control and LGBT rights, among other issues.
The pop star was outspoken about politics in 2018, making her first public call for gun control on Instagram and donating to the March for Our Lives rally. She also endorsed former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) in the state’s Senate race, though he ultimately lost to Sen. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnConservatives target Biden pick for New York district court Senators seek to curb counterfeit toys and goods sold online China draws scrutiny over case of tennis star Peng Shuai MORE (R-Tenn).
She has said in multiple interviews while promoting her new album “Lover,” that she did not publicly stand with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016 because she felt her celebrity status could inflame criticism against the former candidate.
“I’m just focused on the 2020 election. I’m really focused on it. I’m really focused on how I can help and not hinder,” Swift told Rolling Stone in the new interview. “Because I also don’t want it to backfire again, because I do feel that the celebrity involvement with Hillary’s campaign was used against her in a lot of ways.”
Swift also spoke out about white supremacy in the interview following praise from some white supremacists in the 2016 election, when she did not publicly support either President Trump or Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBudowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE.
“I didn’t even see [the rumors], but, like, if that happened, that’s just disgusting. There’s literally nothing worse than white supremacy. It’s repulsive. There should be no place for it,” Swift told Rolling Stone.
Swift also delved into a song on her new album titled “Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince,” which touches on political themes in the context of a high school.
“I wrote it a couple of months after midterm elections, and I wanted to take the idea of politics and pick a metaphorical place for that to exist. And so I was thinking about a traditional American high school, where there’s all these kinds of social events that could make someone feel completely alienated,” she said.
“And I think a lot of people in our political landscape are just feeling like we need to huddle up under the bleachers and figure out a plan to make things better,” she continued.