Taylor Swift, currently promoting the release of her latest album, has accused Donald Trump of treating his White House reign as an “autocracy,” in a new political turn for the singer.
“We’re a democracy — at least, we’re supposed to be — where you’re allowed to disagree, dissent, debate,” the pop star said in snippets of an interview teased Friday by The Guardian.
Speaking about the US president, the 29-year-old said, “I really think that he thinks this is an autocracy.”
In American politics, Swift said, “all the dirtiest tricks in the book were used and it worked.” She described the current state of affairs as “gaslighting the American public into being like, ‘If you hate the president, you hate America.'”
Swift has faced criticism in the past for shying from politics, especially in 2016 when she did not use her enormous platform to endorse a candidate in the pivotal presidential vote.
Now she says she is “remorseful” for not speaking up during that election, saying in hindsight she would have backed Hillary Clinton.
But Swift said at the time her row with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian along with her mother’s cancer diagnosis had her keeping a low profile.
“I was just trying to protect my mental health — not read the news very much, go cast my vote, tell people to vote,” she said in the interview, set for full publication Saturday.
“I just knew what I could handle and I knew what I couldn’t. I was literally about to break.”
Swift spoke out last October ahead of the 2018 midterm vote, endorsing the Democrat running for US Senate in her home state of Tennessee and citing the Republican candidate’s poor record on women’s rights.
She told The Guardian she would “do everything I can for 2020,” pointing to ongoing battles threatening a woman’s right to choose the option of abortion.
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"A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student. Mr. Stier, who runs a nonprofit organization in Washington, notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly," the newspaper reported.
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"It's going to take a lot of work between now and October 17" when EU leaders gather for their final summit before Britain's scheduled exit from the bloc, he told the Mail on Sunday newspaper.
"But I'm going to go to that summit and I'm going to get a deal, I'm very confident. And if we don't get a deal then we'll come out on October 31."
His comments came ahead of talks with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Luxembourg on Monday.
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But attention was taken away from the powerful reporting after the Twitter account of The Times opinion page posted a shocking message.