Taylor Swift is usually silent when it comes to politics, but on Friday afternoon she directed a tweet at Donald Trump. Swift’s tweet was in response to the death of George Floyd and a tweet Trump made about the riots in Minneapolis.
Protests broke out across the city in response to the officer responsible for Floyd’s death being arrested.
Protesters burnt down a police station and a few hours later it was announced that the officer responsible for Floy’s death had been arrested.
Trump fueled the controversy and violence taking place by calling protesters “thugs” and encouraging police to shoot protesters.
“…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. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”
Swift tagged Trump directly in her tweet responding to his threats. “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.”
Though Swift isn’t often vocal about political issues she has spoken about her disapproval of Trump’s actions in interviews. This is however the first time she has directly criticized him.
During an interview with The Guardian, Swift called the political atmosphere that Trump had created as “gaslighting the American public into being like, ‘If you hate the president, you hate America.’”
She would then add, “We’re a democracy—at least, we’re supposed to be—where you’re allowed to disagree, dissent, debate. I really think that he [Trump] thinks this is an autocracy.”