On Super Bowl Sunday, former President Donald Trump took to Truth Social to make some bold claims about pop sensation Taylor Swift and NFL star Travis Kelce. He asserted that he was responsible for Swift’s financial success and suggested that she couldn’t endorse President Joe Biden due to her supposed indebtedness to him. But what’s the truth behind these assertions?
Firstly, let’s dissect Trump’s reference to the Music Modernization Act, which he signed into law in 2018. This legislation aimed to streamline the process of compensating rights holders for their music, particularly in the digital era dominated by streaming services. It was indeed celebrated within the music industry for providing better remuneration to artists, including Taylor Swift.
In his post, Trump boldly claimed credit for Swift’s financial gains, suggesting that his signing of the Music Modernization Act directly contributed to her wealth. Furthermore, he implied that Swift owed him loyalty for this apparent favor. Such assertions raise questions about the true impact of the legislation on Swift’s career trajectory and the motivations behind Trump’s statements.
Trump’s post also touched on Swift’s alleged political affiliations, hinting at her potential endorsement of President Biden during the campaign. This speculation aligns with recent conservative media narratives fixated on Swift’s political leanings. It’s worth noting that Trump previously expressed his disapproval when Swift endorsed Democratic candidates in Tennessee.
“I signed and was responsible for the Music Modernization Act for Taylor Swift and all other Musical Artists.” Trump wrote. “Joe Biden didn’t do anything for Taylor, and never will. There’s no way she could endorse Crooked Joe Biden, the worst and most corrupt President in the History of our Country, and be disloyal to the man who made her so much money. Besides that, I like her boyfriend, Travis, even though he may be a Liberal, and probably can’t stand me!”
Additionally, Trump expressed a favorable view of Travis Kelce, despite potential political differences, highlighting an interesting dynamic between celebrity relationships and political ideologies.
Unsurprisingly, Trump’s remarks sparked widespread reactions and garnered significant media attention. Conservative media outlets, in particular, have been keenly interested in Swift’s political stance, often using her as a cultural touchstone for broader discussions about celebrity endorsements and political polarization.
Trump’s previous comments about Swift’s music losing appeal after her political activism add another layer to the ongoing discourse surrounding celebrities’ involvement in politics.