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Donald Trump reports 25% drop in his Taylor Swift fandom

By | Published on Tuesday 9 October 2018

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Donald Trump has said that he likes Taylor Swift’s music “about 25% less”, after it emerged that she has political opinions.

Swift yesterday posted on Instagram informing fans that she would be voting Democrat in her home state of Tennessee in the upcoming mid-term Congressional elections. Despite wanting to see more women in US politics, she said that she would not be able to vote for sitting Republican congresswoman Marsha Blackburn.

Asked for his view on this by reporters, Trump said he was unaware of what Swift had said. Informed briefly of her basic view, he went on: “Marsha Blackburn is doing a very good job in Tennessee … I’m sure Taylor Swift doesn’t know anything about her”.

The irony there, of course, is that Trump has formed an opinion based on almost no information, when, in fact, in her post, Swift went into some detail about Blackburn’s voting record on women’s rights and LGBT rights.

So, in fact, Swift knows plenty about Blackburn, which Trump would have known if he’d read her post before speaking. I mean, at least when Obama called Kanye West a “jackass”, he knew what Kanye had done.

As well as justifying her own view, Swift used her research on Blackburn to urge fans to look up information on their own local candidates, in order to make an informed choice before voting.

Still with no real information to hand, Trump finished his comment by adding, “Let’s just say I like Taylor’s music about 25% less now, OK?”

OK, Trumpy. That’s a fairly significant drop. But assuming, like all people, he likes Taylor Swift’s music a great deal, I’d say he’s still in the realms of being a fan. A good song’s a good song, I guess.