Taylor Swift Voted For Donald Trump Story Is Inaccurate
A story claiming Taylor Swift voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election is filled with inaccuracies, despite it being widely shared on social media and fooling many readers. The piece tries to make it appear as if the pop star is a staunch supporter of the president-elect, but there’s no actual proof to back up such an assertion.
“Taylor Swift SHOCKS Music Industry: ‘I Voted For Trump,'” reads a headline on a website called Life Event Web. The accompanying article features a photoshopped image of Swift wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, and also contains fake quotes wrongly attributed to the singer. But Gizmodo fact-checked the article and discovered it to be almost entirely fabricated. First, the bogus story claims Swift said the following statement, “We need more and more jobs. Unemployment is way up here. He’s hired more employees, more people, than anyone I know in the world.” But this quote isn’t about Trump at all and actually comes from civil rights activist Medgar Evers, who died in 1963.
The phony news article goes on to purport that Swift made the assertion she felt “so completely American” while allegedly voting for Trump. It cites her quote, “The line wrapped around the building, but I can honestly tell you that it was worth the wait. I felt like I really accomplished something special… I went with my gut instinct. I pressed the button. And I feel good about it!” And although these are in fact Swift’s word, she said them during a 2008 People magazine interview in which she discussed voting for the first time.
Swift never revealed who she voted for back in the 2008 presidential election, and she has kept her ballot private during this latest election as well. Despite the completely irresponsible and manufactured article by Life Event Web, the singer never publicly expressed support for either Trump or Hillary Clinton, and hasn’t revealed who got her vote.