As GOP pundits and leaders continue to obsess over and form conspiracies about pop star Taylor Swift, presidential hopeful and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said she “can’t believe that that’s overtaken our national politics.”
In an interview with CNN on Thursday, host Jake Tapper asked the candidate to give her perspective on the recent attention Swift has received in relation to the upcoming election.
“I’m not going to lie. I don’t know what the obsession is,” she said, adding that Swift’s a “good artist” who’s allowed to have a boyfriend. She’s even taken her daughter to one of the singer’s concerts.
In late January, The New York Times reported that some of President Joe Biden’s aides have been trying to obtain Swift’s endorsement for his reelection campaign. A month before the 2020 presidential election, Swift formally endorsed Biden in an edition of V Magazine.
“I will proudly vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in this year’s presidential election. Under their leadership, I believe America has a chance to start the healing process it so desperately needs,” she said at the time.
Four years later and with less than a year until the 2024 presidential election, GOP pundits and even former candidate Vivek Ramaswamy have begun suggesting Swift is more than just a singer: instead, they allege she’s a government asset, and her much-covered relationship with Kansas City Chiefs’ player Travis Kelce are artificial and “propped-up.”
According to Rolling Stone, even former President Trump may be on the verge of a “holy war” against Swift.
But to Haley, Trump’s only remaining primary competition, the national conversation right now about Swift is over the top.
“You know, to have a conspiracy theory of all of this is bizarre; nobody knows who she’s going to endorse. But I can’t believe that has overtaken our national politics.”