Taylor Swift Hits Back at Donald Trump's Threat of Violence on Twitter

Chelsey Sanchez
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From Harper's BAZAAR

  • Following escalating protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in response to the police killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, President Donald Trump via Twitter threatened violence through the military against protesters.
  • Taylor Swift, in a rare political statement, hit back at Trump's tweet, writing, "We will vote you out in November."

Protests have erupted across the country following the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who an officer suffocated by pinning down Floyd's neck with his knee. Meanwhile in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Floyd lived, standoffs between protesters and the police have intensified. In response to the turmoil, President Donald Trump scripted a chilling tweet on Thursday evening: "These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!"

Many immediately disparaged Trump's threat of violence against the protesters, with some pointing out that the phrase, "When the looting starts, the shooting starts," is derived from a notoriously racist Miami police chief from the '60s. One unexpected voice to join the wave of rage was pop star Taylor Swift, who rarely comments on political issues.

"After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?" she tweeted on Friday. "'When the looting starts the shooting starts'??? We will vote you out in November. @realdonaldtrump"

Swift's comment comes at a time of great malcontent among the American public. She spoke out about her political beliefs before the 2018 midterm election, in which she explained why she would not be voting for Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn for Senate due to her record in Congress.

"In the past I've been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now," Swift wrote in the 2018 Instagram post. "I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country."

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