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Taylor Swift criticises Donald Trump, says ‘Obviously, I’m pro-choice’

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WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 23, 2019, 07.57 PM (IST)

In a new interview, Taylor Swift has expressed her political viewpoints and discernment with the current US government. 

As per a report published in The Guardian, the 29-year-old star opened up in a never-heard-before manner and said of Trump, “We’re a democracy – at least, we’re supposed to be – where you’re allowed to disagree, dissent, debate. I really think that he thinks this is an autocracy.”

Swift said that she started “began feeling conflicted about what the US stood for when ‘all the dirtiest tricks in the book were used and it worked,'” and that she described the current political climate in the country as “gaslighting the American public into being like, ‘If you hate the president, you hate America.'”

This is probably the first time when Swift has spoken publicly about her political views. She had earlier in 2016 faced criticism for not publicly endorsing a candidate, leading to wide speculation on her political views. She had then said that she was not in the right frame of mind -- as her mother had a cancer-relapse and she had a public feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.

She said, “I was just trying to protect my mental health – not read the news very much, go cast my vote, tell people to vote” and added, “I just knew what I could handle and I knew what I couldn’t. I was literally about to break.” 

Swift took it upon herself to speak about the abortion bill and said, “Obviously, I’m pro-choice” and expressed dismay over Tennessee lawmakers voting to impose a near-total ban on abortion in the state. 

Meanwhile, she is trending on the social media with the release of her seventh album, Lover. 

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The 29-year-old star opened up in an interview with The Guardian and said, “We’re a democracy – at least, we’re supposed to be – where you’re allowed to disagree, dissent, debate. I really think that he thinks this is an autocracy.”