Taylor Swift Reveals Why She Didn't Endorse Hillary Clinton In Vogue's September Issue
Taylor Swift has finally opened up about why she didn't publicly show her support for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 US presidential election.
Covering Vogue's highly-coveted September issue, Swift spoke about everything from her feud with Katy Perry to her reluctance to endorse the Democratic candidate against Donald Trump.
The "Calm Down" singer had been widely criticised for staying quiet throughout the election but has now explained her position, claiming that her endorsement would have done more harm than good.
"Unfortunately in the 2016 election you had a political opponent who was weaponising the idea of the celebrity endorsement," she said of Trump's campaign.
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"He was going around saying, I’m a man of the people. I’m for you. I care about you. I just knew I wasn’t going to help," she added.
Swift continued on to say that she noticed the insults that were being hurled at Hillary by her opponents were similar to the comments she had faced herself just months before after her public argument with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian over the "Famous" lyrics and video clip.
"Also, you know, the summer before that election, all people were saying was She’s calculated. She’s manipulative. She’s not what she seems. She’s a snake. She’s a liar.
"These are the same exact insults people were hurling at Hillary. Would I be an endorsement or would I be a liability? Look, snakes of a feather flock together. Look, the two lying women. The two nasty women. Literally millions of people were telling me to disappear. So I disappeared. In many senses."
Swift's silence was deafening and her "disappearance" continued on throughout Trump's presidency, right up until the mid-term elections when she endorsed Democratic nominee Phil Bredesen in the Tennessee Senate race.
"In the past, I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions," Taylor wrote on Instagram, adding, "but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now".
In June this year, Taylor also threw her support behind the Equality Act, writing a letter to Tennessee's Republican Senator Lamar Alexander in an attempt to stop employers being able to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
“The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable.”
Taylor's new album 'Lover' is out on August 23.
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