Taylor Swift called out President Donald Trump on Twitter Friday, slamming him for “stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism” during his presidency and insisting that he will be voted out in the upcoming November election.
After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November. @realdonaldtrump
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 29, 2020
The singer tweeted her impassioned message at Trump in response to his missives on Thursday night.
The city of Minneapolis has seen days of demonstrations after the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck. Thursday night’s actions saw a local police station set aflame and mass looting across the city.
In response, Trump tweeted that the protestors were “thugs” and threatened violent intervention.
“Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right,” Trump wrote. “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way.”
He also added: “Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
The controversial message prompted Twitter to issue a content warning over the tweet, warning users that it violated the platform’s rules about glorifying violence but was still available out of public interest. The warning marked the second time this week that one of Trump’s tweets had been labeled as such by the platform.
Though Swift had remained quiet on the political front for quite some time throughout her career, the “Lover” singer told The Guardian last year that she feels Trump and his administration are “gaslighting the American public into being like, ’If you hate the president, you hate America.’” As such, she’s pledged to “do everything I can for 2020.”
Of her silence prior to the last two years, Swift has said that she 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,” she said, adding that she has since felt “really remorseful” for not officially endorsing Hillary Clinton when she ran for president in 2016.