Taylor Swift is once again taking to Twitter to call out US President Donald Trump in a pair of Tweets condemning his “ineffective leadership” and his attempts to “cheat” the upcoming presidential election in November. With an election year amid this ongoing pandemic, millions of American voters are trying to request absentee ballots and mail-in their votes instead of going to an in-person polling place for health and safety concerns. However, Trump has vocally opposed extra funding for the US Postal Service over the past few weeks, citing potential voter fraud and the USPS’ insufficient capacity as reasons against turning a universal mail-in voting system into a reality for the entire nation.
Swift criticized this response and Trump’s “calculated attempts” to “dismantle” the postal service in a scathing Twitter thread on Saturday that has since cumulated over one million likes and counting. “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,” wrote the Folklore artist.
The American superstar also urged her 86.9 million followers to take advantage of their democratic right to vote early and safely, subsequently adding: “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
Swift has been outspoken about her dissent with Trump’s reactions in the past, denouncing the president’s Tweet in spring “glorifying violence” against looters in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests. “After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?” questioned the songstress. “‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November.”
As the 2020 election draws imminently closer, Swift is not the only one using her platform to highlight the importance of voting even while in lockdown. Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lawrence, Khloe Kardashian, and Tracee Ellis Ross are also sharing information on how to vote-at-home and encouraging their followers to begin the voter registration process if they haven’t done so already, further bringing politics into mainstream dialogue at a time when it can decide the course of the country’s future.