An aide who worked in the White House during the Trump administration, Olivia Troye, told MSNBC's Chris Hayes that she was warned by a colleague after playing 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 in the White House.
Troye, who worked as an aide for former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceHaley hits the stump in South Carolina Mitch McConnell's great Trumpian miscalculation Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official MORE and served on the administration coronavirus task force, said on "All In With Chris Hayes" on Tuesday that she felt angry following an argument related to the COVID-19 pandemic that occurred during a meeting and retreated to her office, where she began loudly playing Swift's music.
She said a colleague then knocked on her office door and asked her, "Are you trying to get fired?"
The question confused Troye, she said, so she asked for clarification, inquiring whether her colleague was asking because she was blunt during meetings. She said he replied, "I don't think she's a fan of Trump's," meaning Swift, and added, "If someone hears that ... you should really watch your back. You should be careful on that."
Troye told Hayes that was "astonishing" to her and that she had replied to her colleague that it was "late, and I'm allowed to listen to whatever music I want."
Her story comes after the publication of an article in The Atlantic on Tuesday by Jonathan Karl, the chief Washington correspondent for ABC News, that recounted a related incident.
He wrote that former President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE's chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsProsecutors say North Carolina woman deserves prison for bringing 14-year-old to Capitol riot Meadows calls Trump's positive COVID-19 test before Biden debate 'fake news' Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official MORE requested that a top staffer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) call him because Meadows had heard that an assistant in the department had liked one of Swift's instagram posts, in which she encouraged people to vote and expressed support for then-presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenManchin to vote to nix Biden's vaccine mandate for larger businesses Congress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight Senate cuts deal to clear government funding bill MORE.
"We really can't have our people liking posts promoting Joe Biden," Meadows said to Hughes, per Karl's article.
I spoke to @vmagazine about why I’ll be voting for Joe Biden for president. 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— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) October 7, 2020
The HUD assistant was a Swift fan and had also liked every other Instagram post the singer had ever posted, Karl wrote.