Lots of stars are sharing their political opinions right now, but Taylor Swift’s is carrying some extra weight.
Swift, 30, created shockwaves in the 2018 midterm election when she came out in support of a Democratic candidate. A reporter shown in her recent “Miss Americana” documentary said her silence in the political realm led most to believe she was a “crypto-conservative.”
The pop star was one of the first public figures to make her stance against the recent acts of police brutality and racism. She’s since made another statement, but her first one specifically targeted President Donald Trump as being a key antagonizer.
Keep reading to see why the experts are saying her single tweet could swing this year’s election.
Taylor Swift is my President pic.twitter.com/rJbp5ZwBJ5
— Nad (@nader_af1) June 9, 2020
Forbes describes Swift’s May 29th tweet as “admonishing President Trump for his provocative comments about the riots in Minneapolis.”
Trump’s comments were somewhat removed by Twitter themselves. In their words: “This tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”
Here is what Swift had to say on the matter:
“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”
Swift joined Twitter in December 2008. This was right after her second album came out. Even though she’s been on the platform for almost 12 years, the last-month tweet became her most-liked of all time, and it only took three hours.
Forbes thinks her massive follower count is more than a static number.
“While Swift was by no means the only celebrity to express outrage at the President’s provocative comments,” they wrote, “she might be the one with the most active group of followers.”
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
“Swift has 86.2 million followers on Twitter, and a fanbase of ‘Swifties’ that has a reputation for rallying behind the singer-songwriter and her calls to action.”
“But it might be what her followers do in November that will make the biggest difference,” they said.
Although Swift’s candidate of choice (Phil Bredesen) did not win the 2018 election, her call to action was still successful. Youth voter registrations in Tennessee rose by 700% in a matter of days, and Bredesen himself called it the “Swift Lift.”
Someone used this quote while agreeing with the Forbes article. Many others were excited too:
“We love to see women’s power. And people standing in the right side of history,” someone tweeted recently.
Another [well-received] response was that (https://twitter.com/Yousef08357811/status/1267046958490955776) “Taylor swift should be the new president of the United States.”
“A tweet from our QUEEN could do that. Queen Behavior periodt,” a third said.
Many trolls slammed the idea too. But without naming any names, a seemingly neutral person said: “Let’s hope something or someone(s) take him down and force him to resign.”