It’s not yet February, and already we have a clear idea of what Joe Biden’s re-election will be all about: Donald Trump, abortion and, er, Taylor Swift.
The New York Times reported yesterday that Team Biden-Harris 2024 has made recruiting Taylor Swift as one of its endorsers a top priority. This, inevitably, has triggered a media storm because Taylor Swift is now a culture-war avatar. She’s the new Meghan Markle when it comes to dividing opinion, although Swift is arguably more controversial because she was once a conservative darling and a hate figure among left-liberals. Today she’s the opposite.
Right-wing social media warriors are now putting about the theory that Swift’s very public relationship with the Kansas City Chiefs’ tight-end Travis Kelce is a Democratic ‘op’ intended to brainwash the gullible masses into voting against Donald Trump. Fox News had a debate on the question: ‘Is Taylor Swift a Pentagon asset?’
What strange times we live in. Swift used to be widely loathed by left-liberals – not for speaking out in favour of the Republican Party, but for keeping her opinions to herself. Her silence was violence.
In 2017, in an extraordinarily demented piece, the Guardian called her ‘an envoy for Trump’s values’. This wasn’t some outlandish contribution from a desperate columnist, but an editorial from the paper itself. ‘Swift’s songs echo Mr Trump’s obsession with petty score-settling in their repeated references to her celebrity feuds,’ it said. ‘The message is quintessentially Trumpian.’
But Swift changed – or ‘evolved’, as her legions of politically correct fans like to say – and has become the most celebrated woman on the planet. Today she supports the LBQT+ agenda; she said she was ‘terrified’ by the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe vs Wade; she posted a picture of herself with baked ‘Biden 2020’ cookies; and she has spoken out against Trump – hence the Biden campaign’s eagerness to enlist her.