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Taylor Swift lashes out at Trump’s tweet on Minnesota riot

The longtime Tennessee resident has said on her Netflix documentary, Miss Americana, that she regretted not openly opposing Trump during the 2016 presidential election. 

Taylor Swift lashes out at Trump’s tweet on Minnesota riot

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A usually-apolitical Taylor Swift said President Donald Trump was “stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism [sic] entire presidency” after Trump tweeted on Friday (May 29) and threatened to use the military on Minnesota’s protesters.

The riot was sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died from police brutality.

The award-winning singer tweeted: “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'???"

She tagged Trump in her tweet and added: “We will vote you out in November”.

Swift’s tweet received more than a million likes within hours, making it her most-liked post on Twitter.

The longtime Tennessee resident has said on her Netflix documentary, Miss Americana, that she regretted not openly opposing Trump during the 2016 presidential election. 

She told The Guardian that 2016 was a tumultuous period for her as she was dealing with her mother’s cancer relapse and high-profile argument with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.

“I 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 told The Guardian.

CNN reported that it wasn't until the 2018 midterms that Swift spoke out with her endorsement of Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen, the rival of Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn, as well as another Democrat running in Tennessee.

Trump responded, saying, "I'm sure Taylor Swift has nothing – or doesn't know anything about her [Blackurn]”, adding "I like Taylor's music about 25 per cent less now".

Since then, the singer has been more vocal in criticising the president. In The Guardian, she said that Trump is “gaslighting the American public”. “I really think that he thinks this is an autocracy,” she said.

Source: CNA/bk

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