President Trump on Taylor Swift Endorsing Democrats: ‘I Like Her Music 25% Less’
President Trump spoke to the press Monday afternoon as he returned to the White House from giving a speech in Orlando before the International Association of Chiefs of Police. As he walked away after taking questions, reporters wanted to know what Trump thought about country pop singer Taylor Swift’s endorsement issued Sunday night of two Democrats running in her home state of Tennessee, former Gov. Phil Bredesen for Senate who is down 8 points to Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn and incumbent Rep. Jim Cooper who is expected to easily beat Republican Jody Ball.
Trump returned and gave his answer, ending with a joke, a twinkle in his eyes, a smile and a wave.
Video posted by NBC to YouTube.
Transcript posted by the White House:
…Q What do you have to say to Taylor Swift now that she’s in politics? Taylor swift coming into politics. What do you have to say to her?
THE PRESIDENT: And what did she say?
Q She said she wants people to vote for Democrats, and not Marsha Blackburn, especially.
THE PRESIDENT: You know, well, Marsha Blackburn is doing a very good job in Tennessee. She’s leading now substantially, which she should. She’s a tremendous woman. I’m sure Taylor Swift has nothing — or doesn’t know anything about her. And let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25 percent less now. Okay? Thank you.
5:11 P.M. EDT
A couple more images:
In 2014, Melania Trump posted a video to Facebook of Donald Trump driving a Rolls Royce in Palm Beach, with Barron in the front passenger seat and Melania in the back, listening to Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”.
Fun night with my two boys DJT & BWT ❤️
Posted by Melania Trump on Sunday, December 21, 2014
Taylor Swift’s Instagram post announcing her political endorsements.
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