With everyone from senators to basketball players joining in the protests over the death of 46-year-old father of two George Floyd at the hands of police, it’s hard to miss the massively growing support for the Black Lives Matter movement. On Tuesday, singer Taylor Swift weighed in, as well.
This is not the first time Swift has spoken publicly about politics or injustice. On the day that Donald Trump had peaceful protesters shot with tear gas and rubber bullets to clear the way for a photo op, Swift tweeted a scathing message to Trump. She has also weighed in on senatorial elections in her home state of Tennessee and the debate over LGBTQ rights.
The fact that she criticized Trump at all is likely to be met with another of the president’s bullying tweets, just as Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and the entire cast of Saturday Night Live, even threatening to use his political power to have SNL investigated for working with Democrats to embarrass him. The fact that Swift first criticized Trump and then praised President Obama is likely to send the thin-skinned Trump into a total Twitter outburst.
The protests, and the growing support around them, are too important for anyone to remain silent out of fear of retribution from the president, and it’s insane that any private citizen should have to have such a worry.
Twitter was behind Swift’s tweet, in full agreement with her sentiment. Read some of their responses below:
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