Taylor Swift has remained notoriously tight-lipped on her political leanings, but her friend and back-up dancer Todrick Hall says that anyone who takes her silence as evidence she voted for Donald Trump are making a “huge assumption.”
Swift faced criticism throughout the election season for remaining mum, and not following in the footsteps of her fellow pop stars, who expressed their support for Hillary Clinton and disdain for Trump.
Her sole foray into the world of politics was as an apolitical Instagram post on Election Day telling her followers to “go out and VOTE.”
But according to Hall, who has been friends with the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer for years, nothing about Swift leads him to believe that she’s set on making America great again.
“Many people have been tweeting me, ‘She supports Trump! She probably voted for Trump!’ They’re making this huge assumption, when Taylor has never to my knowledge come out and said anything about her being pro-Trump,” he told Yahoo! “But people would still rather believe that she is the one who is pushing Trump’s agenda.”
Hall also expressed frustration that Swift has been receiving the brunt of political criticisms while vocal Trump supporters like Kanye West have been let off the hook by fans.
“I’m like, ‘So you are mad that you think she might support Donald Trump? But you’re not mad that Kanye has been very openly pro-Trump?’ I don’t understand that,” he said.
West went on a bizarre rant onstage during his Saint Pablo tour in November, and told the California crowd that he did not vote in the 2016 election, but if he did, he “would have voted on Trump.”
The rapper also stopped by Trump Tower in December for a 15-minute chat about “life” and “multicultural issues” with the then-president-elect.
Hall, meanwhile, also maintained that despite the fact that Swift is not outspoken on social issues, she’s not blind to them, and cited an instance on Thanksgiving where Hall, Swift and an African-American friend of theirs watched Ava DuVernay’s “13th” on Netflix and had a frank discussion on racism.
“Maybe one day, Taylor will start being super-political, and using her voice to do the things that people think that she should be doing,” he said. “But even then, she will probably be ridiculed for not being vocal enough, or not being on the right side. I don’t think that there is a way to win in this industry, so every person has to take their own journey at their own pace, at their own time, and do what they feel like is right.”
Political activist or not, Swift recently re-emerged from a quiet 2016, and is back dominating headlines thanks to her upcoming sixth album, “Reputation.”
She debuted the album’s second single, “…Ready for It?” Saturday night in a college football promo on ESPN.