Taylor Swift Believes in Abortion — and Four Other Wild Things She Said in a New Interview

The popular singer also feels Trump is tearing the country apart

By PopZette Staff | August 24, 2019

Grammy-winning singer Taylor Swift has begun talking about her political beliefs — and making sure her 112 million followers on social media know how she stands.

All of this is just as her new album, “Lover,” debuts.

Swift, who is 29, told The Guardian for a new interview that went live on Saturday, “We’re a democracy — at least, we’re supposed to be — where you’re allowed to disagree, dissent, debate.”

She also described the political atmosphere during the 2016 election as “gaslighting the American public into being like, ‘If you hate the president, you hate America.’” She said she regretted not speaking out politically — and indicated that, had she been outspoken and active at the time, she would have endorsed Democratic Hillary Clinton.

In addition to that main point, here are the other notable points she shared in The Guardian interview:

1.) “I really think that [President Donald Trump] thinks this is an autocracy.”

2.) She stands by her decision not to endorse anyone last time around. “I was just trying to protect my mental health — not read the news very much, go cast my vote, tell people to vote. I just knew what I could handle and I knew what I couldn’t. I was literally about to break.”

3.) Now she wants to “do everything I can for 2020.”

4.) Toward that end, she said she is definitely “pro-choice.” “I just can’t believe this is happening,” she added, referring to the new laws in certain states — Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi among them — that limit abortion after a certain amount of time has passed in a pregnancy in order to protect the life of the unborn.

Aside from that new interview, she also mentioned earlier this year, in an essay for Elle, “Invoking racism and provoking fear through thinly veiled messaging is not what I want from our leaders, and I realized that it actually is my responsibility to use my influence against that disgusting rhetoric.”

She added, “I’m going to do more to help. We have a big race coming up next year.”

Her interview with The Guardian was her first U.K. interview in more than three years. The publication described her as seeming nervous as she spoke to their reporter: “neither presidential nor goofy (her usual defaults), but quick with a tongue-out ‘ugh’ of regret or frustration as she pick[ed] at her glittery purple nails.”

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