Singer Taylor Swift just gave a new interview with Rolling Stone in which she talked about her new “obsession” with politics. The liberal singer went on to praise President Barack Obama as she talked about her new outspoken support for the Democratic Party.
“Really, I keep trying to learn as much as I can about politics, and it’s become something I’m now obsessed with, whereas before, I was living in this sort of political ambivalence, because the person I voted for had always won,” Swift said, according to Fox News.
“We were in such an amazing time when Obama was president because foreign nations respected us,” Swift continued. “We were so excited to have this dignified person in the White House. My first election was voting for him when he made it into office, and then voting to reelect him. I think a lot of people are like me, where they just didn’t really know that this could happen.”S
Swift went on to talk about next year’s presidential election.
“But I’m just focused on the 2020 election. I’m really focused on it,” she said. “I’m really focused on how I can help and not hinder. Because I also don’t want it to backfire again, because I do feel that the celebrity involvement with Hillary’s campaign was used against her in a lot of ways.”
Swift had never expressed any political views publicly before last year, when she endorsed the Democratic opponent of Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn, who went on to win the election. The singer said in her latest interview that while she regrets not publicly endorsing leftwing candidates earlier, she was convinced doing so would backfire on both herself and whoever she chose to support.
“It’s a very powerful thing when you legitimately feel like numbers have proven that pretty much everyone hates you,” Swift said.
This comes months after Swift blasted Donald Trump’s administration, claiming that they are trying to take away rights from everyone “who isn’t a straight white male.”
“Rights are being stripped from basically everyone who isn’t a straight white cisgender male. I didn’t realize until recently that I could advocate for a community that I’m not a part of,” she said. “It’s hard to know how to do that without being so fearful of making a mistake that you just freeze. Because my mistakes are very loud.”