Did Taylor Swift vote for Donald Trump? That was a popular question asked by many of her fans as soon as the 1989 singer took to Instagram to announce to the world that she had cast her vote.
In the months leading to the 2016 US elections, Taylor Swift had chosen not to endorse any presidential candidate, providing a stark contrast to many other celebrities who decided to use their star power to bolster Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Katy Perry, the pop singer who feuded with Swift in the past, openly supported Clinton by singing in some of her campaign rallies. J-Lo brought Hillary on stage in Miami last Saturday to announce to her fans that she’s “with her.” Lady Gaga made an appearance at Hillary Clinton’s midnight rally in North Carolina to say that Clinton is “made of steel” and “unstoppable.” Beyonce took the stage at Jay Z’s Get Out the Vote rally in swing state Ohio Friday night to perform “Formation” with her dancers wearing “I’m With Her” shirts.
Because of this, combined with Taylor Swift’s feminist cred, people started thinking that it’s only a matter of time before Swift announced to the world that she’s “with her.” As previously reported by the Daily Beast, the words “Who is Taylor Swift voting for?” became one of the most searched celebrity-related election search queries this campaign season.
But weeks and months went by and no political post or tweet surfaced from the singer’s social media accounts. Well, at least that was the case until the actual day of the elections arrived, in which Taylor took to Instagram and Twitter at 12 pm ET to announce that she has officially voted, urging her followers to “go out and VOTE.”
That was all she did, however, bolstering the speculation among conspiracy theorists that Taylor Swift voted for Trump. For many, Swift’s decision not to endorse a presidential candidate was enough reason for them to conclude that she is voting for Donald Trump. Of course, there are some Swifties who dismissed the accusations, sure that she voted for Clinton on account of her feminist cred alone. After all, Swift once made the controversial comment “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t support other women.”
Since announcing that she had voted, Taylor Swift’s Twitter mentions were flooded by tweets making accusations that she voted for Trump.
Interestingly, Perez Hilton speculates that the off-the-shoulder sweater Taylor Swift wore in her “I Voted” Instagram pic was a nod to the sweater worn by Clinton in an Instagram photo shared by Lena Dunham.
That could be a stretch, but you be the judge.
Many think that Taylor Swift has a responsibility to make a statement about Trump given the fact that she’s declared herself a feminist many times in the past. A reporter for Fusion wrote earlier this month that Taylor Swift’s decision to stay silent about Trump before and during the campaign was made as a matter of convenience.
“She’s been silent on the hundreds of misogynistic and racist comments Trump has made, silent on who she will vote for in November—silent on whether she’ll vote at all. It’s surely an intentional decision on her part, to avoid controversy and maintain the allegiance of all of her fans.
“But her reticence should be controversial. To remain silent is to remain complicit in every hateful statement, every reminder that a man with power and fame can—as Trump said this weekend—do whatever he wants.”
In 2012, Swift said in an interview that she purposely doesn’t talk about politics.
“I don’t talk about politics because it might influence other people. And I don’t think that I know enough in life to be telling people who to vote for.”
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