Popstar icon Taylor Swift is calling for people to get politically active this November and to get out and vote.
In a pair of tweets, she specifically called out President Trump and said he is trying to “blatantly cheat” in the upcoming election by refusing to fund the United States Postal Service.
“Trump’s calculated dismantling of USPS proves one thing clearly: He is well aware that we do not want him as our president. He’s chosen to blatantly cheat and put millions of Americans’ lives at risk in an effort to hold on to power,” Swift said in an initial tweet.
The Folklore artist added: “Donald Trump’s ineffective leadership gravely worsened the crisis that we are in and he is now taking advantage of it to subvert and destroy our right to vote and vote safely. Request a ballot early. Vote early.”
Donald Trump’s ineffective leadership gravely worsened the crisis that we are in and he is now taking advantage of it to subvert and destroy our right to vote and vote safely. Request a ballot early. Vote early.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 15, 2020
Vulture reports this is not the first time Swift has spoken out against Trump as she previously criticized him for his alleged treatment of the LGBTQ community:
Swift has notably become far more politically outspoken over the past year and a half, which began in June 2019, when Swift wrote how she “personally rejected” how the Trump administration has treated the LGBTQ community. That August, she admitted that she was reluctant to go public with political opinions due to the vast backlash (and subsequent blacklisting) the Chicks received when they criticized George W. Bush’s presidency in 2003. “I come from country music,” Swift said at the time. “The number one thing they absolutely drill into you as a country artist, and you can ask any other country artist this, is ‘Don’t be like the Dixie Chicks!’ I watched country music snuff that candle out.” This year, Swift would go on to condemn Trump for “stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism,” as well as voice her support for the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement.
Former President Barack Obama previously spoke out about supporting and funding the USPS, without specifically naming President Trump.
He also mentioned that refusing to fund the postal service was an attempt to “undermine the election.”
I talked to @davidplouffe about these attempts to undermine the election, what’s at stake right now, and why we have to do everything we can to elect @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. https://t.co/9bqgWVUncE
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 14, 2020