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Trump begs Taylor Swift to skip Biden endorsement

By Jake Beardslee · February 12, 2024

In brief…

  • Trump pleaded with Taylor Swift not to endorse Biden before the Super Bowl
  • He claimed credit for legislation helping her career and said endorsing Biden would be "disloyal"
  • Swift endorsed Biden over Trump in 2020 but has not indicated plans for further endorsements
Former President Trump urged pop star Taylor Swift not to endorse President Biden at the Super Bowl, claiming responsibility for her financial success.  Paolo V/Liam Enea/Wikimedia

On the eve of Super Bowl LVIII, former President Donald Trump took to his social media platform Truth Social to make an unusual plea to pop star Taylor Swift. In a post on Sunday, Trump claimed credit for Swift’s financial success, saying that a potential endorsement of President Joe Biden would be “disloyal to the man who made her so much money.”

Trump referenced legislation he signed in 2018 called the Music Modernization Act, which was meant to modernize copyright laws. “I signed and was responsible for the Music Modernization Act for Taylor Swift and all other Musical Artists. Joe Biden didn’t do anything for Taylor, and never will,” Trump wrote.

The former president went on to say, “There’s no way she could endorse Crooked Joe Biden, the worst and most corrupt President in the History of our Country, and be disloyal to the man who made her so much money.” Trump also noted that he “likes” Swift’s boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, “even though he may be a Liberal, and probably can’t stand me!”

Swift endorsed now-President Biden over Trump in the 2020 election, but has given no indication that she plans to publicly endorse any candidate again. Late last month, a New York Times report that Biden’s campaign was looking to court Swift’s endorsement fueled theories that the NFL playoffs were rigged to favor the Chiefs so she could deliver an endorsement in front of the massive Super Bowl TV audience. However, Swift has remained silent on political endorsements for Super Bowl Sunday.