Taylor Swift Tweeted About Kamala Harris’ Nomination — and Got an Unusual Offer
It’s been less than two years since singer-songwriter Taylor Swift joined the public political discourse. And while basking in the glow of her acclaimed album Folklore, she’s also celebrating another historical moment: Senator Kamala Harris joining the 2020 Democratic ticket. Here’s Swift’s response, as well as the intriguing proposition she received from it.
Taylor Swift has made her political views known
In her 2019 documentary, Miss Americana, fans finally learned what led to Swift’s decision to speak out on politics. She vehemently expressed her disdain for Tennessee senator Marsha Blackburn, and send out her first partisan social media post ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
“We need to stop dissecting why someone’s on our side or if they’re on our side in the right way or if they phrased it correctly,” she told Rolling Stone in 2019, “We need to not have the right kind of Democrat and the wrong kind of Democrat. We need to just be like, ‘You’re a Democrat? Sick. Get in the car. We’re going to the mall.'”
She’s spoken out against incumbent Donald Trump
While Swift began by talking about politics on a state level, she didn’t stop there. Her song “Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince” featured allusions to the harsh divide between political parties that has only escalated since Donald Trump was elected. And she called him out directly.
“After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?” she tweeted in May 2020 following his response to protests against police brutality. “‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November.”
Swift tweeted after Harris announced her VP nomination
Given her stance on Trump, it’s no surprise that Swift is supporting Joe Biden in the upcoming 2020 presidential election, in which he is the Democrat’s nominee. Though she hasn’t expressly endorsed him, she did show excitement on August 11, 2020, when Biden named Kamala Harris his running mate.
“.@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us,” Harris tweeted. “And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.” Swift quote-tweeted this, only adding, “YES.”
Jon Favreau of ‘Pod Save America’ tweeted at her
The fan reaction to Swift’s tweet was, in a word, Swift. Among those who responded was Jon Favreau, who wrote, “Taylor, come on @PodSaveAmerica!” For those who aren’t familiar, Favreau was Barack Obama’s Director of Speechwriting and is now a co-host of the progressive political podcast. (No relation to the filmmaker of the same name.)
Swift has not, to public knowledge, ever been on a podcast. But then again, she’s done several new things with the goal of defeating Trump in 2020. Not to mention, Favreau’s wife, Emily, appears to be a fan: “But you have to have @emilyfavreau moderate,” was a reply to Favreau’s request.