Former President Donald Trump has taken to social media to share his thoughts on pop sensation Taylor Swift’s potential endorsement of Joe Biden for the 2024 presidential election. Trump’s comments have stirred up a whirlwind of reactions. They have also shed light on the intricate dynamics of politics, music, and sports.
Trump expressed disbelief at the idea of Swift endorsing Biden. He referred to Biden as “the worst and most corrupt President in the History of our Country.” He suggested that Swift’s success, particularly her financial prosperity, was partly due to his administration’s policies. Specifically, he pointed to the Music Modernization Act of 2018. Trump stated,
“I signed and was responsible for the Music Modernization Act for Taylor Swift and all other Musical Artists,” Trump began his post. “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.”
Donald Trump shares new statement on Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce. PIC.TWITTER.COM/EH4TUUSRN0
— Pop Base (@PopBase) FEBRUARY 11, 2024
In 2018, then-President Trump enacted the MMA. It changed the royalty payment structure for songwriters and music publishers.
“The Music Modernization Act closes loopholes in our digital royalties laws to ensure that songwriters, artists, and producers receive fair payment for music licensing,” Trump said when signing. “I’ve been reading about this for many years and never thought I’d be involved, but I got involved. They were mistreated. They’re not going to be mistreated anymore.”
“Besides that, I like her boyfriend, Travis, even though he may be a Liberal and probably can’t stand me!”
This indicates that while Trump is aware of Kelce’s potential political leanings, he still expressed a liking for him.
The impact of Swift’s endorsement and Trump’s comments on Kelce appears significant. The so-called “Taylor Swift effect” has led to a 400% increase in merchandise sales for Travis Kelce, skyrocketing his No. 87 jersey into the NFL’s top-five best sellers. This could translate to as much as $10 million in off-the-field earnings for Travis Kelce. Furthermore, Kelce gained over 300,000+ social media followers. Therefore, the endorsement and Trump’s comments have increased Kelce’s popularity and earnings.
Swift, who had largely stayed out of politics until 2018, has become increasingly vocal about her political beliefs. She endorsed Biden over Trump in the 2020 election. She cited her belief in Biden’s message of healing and advocacy for women, the LGBTQ community, and people of color. Swift stated,
“The change we need most is to elect a president who recognizes that people of color deserve to feel safe and represented”.Women deserve the right to choose what happens to their bodies. The LGBTQIA+ community deserves to be acknowledged and included.”
Swift’s endorsement carries significant weight, given her massive following. When she urged her Instagram followers to register to vote, more than 35,000 people did so. Exclusive polling found that 18 percent of voters say they’re “more likely” or “significantly more likely” to vote for a candidate endorsed by Swift. Therefore, her endorsement could significantly impact voter turnout and decisions.
This saga involving Trump, Swift, and Kelce highlights the intersection of politics, music, and sports. It underscores the influence of celebrities in shaping public opinion. It also shows the potential impact of their endorsements on political outcomes. As the 2024 presidential election approaches, all eyes will be on Swift and other influential figures. People want to see how their endorsements might sway the vote.
A new statement about Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce.