The Kansas City Chiefs just won the Super Bowl, and that’s a good thing. But let’s focus on the real news for a second: Does this mean Taylor Swift – the global superstar, soccer enthusiast and former Biden supporter – is going to the White House?
When asked Monday whether the White House would extend an invitation to the singer, Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, said the decision was up to the team and not President Biden.
“It will depend on the leaders and, obviously, their decision to determine who will accompany them when they come,” Ms. Jean-Pierre said. “And as you know, this is a White House tradition. I can’t, I can’t talk about the turnout and who will be here, but we look forward to having them here.
Here’s some info for the six people on planet Earth who might still need it: Ms. Swift, the pop singer, has been dating Travis Kelce, a Chiefs tight end, since at least the fall, embarking on an extended version of the sweet, jock-meets-music-nerd love story she already intuited as a young songwriter. And Mr. Kelce, the most famous tight end in the National Football League thanks in part to his girlfriend’s star power, is part of the team that will receive a traditional invitation from the president to celebrate his victory at the House White.
A visit by Ms Swift to the White House would fuel several theories – none of which she herself has acknowledged – that she has the power to support Mr Biden’s re-election bid and damage the prospects of his likely challenger , Donald J. Trump. .
In recent weeks, Mr. Biden’s allies have eagerly anticipated that Ms. Swift might lend her support, as she did in 2020. Mr. Trump also appears worried about the prospect. In a social media post this weekend, he said he was responsible for the legislation that contributed to Ms Swift’s success.
“There is no way she could support crooked Joe Biden, the worst and most corrupt president in our country’s history, and be disloyal to the man who made her so much money ” Mr. Trump said. “Besides that, I like her boyfriend, Travis, even though he might be liberal and probably can’t stand me!”
Ms Swift, 34, has made no comment – but she still hasn’t reacted well to people trying to appropriate her work. And anyway, she was busy, and probably jet-lagged, after traveling from her tour in Tokyo to the Super Bowl in Las Vegas. There, she drank drinks on national television, jumped up and down in support of her boyfriend and joined him on the field for a kiss after the Chiefs’ victory.
On Sunday night, it was Mr. Biden, not Mr. Trump, who floated the conservative conspiracy theory that the singer was actually an agent of the Democratic Party — or the Pentagon? it’s hard to follow – in her spare time, and that her romance with Mr Kelce, 34, is actually part of a sinister plot to thwart Mr Trump. Or something like that.
“Just as we wrote it, @Chiefs,” Mr. Biden’s social media account wrote after the match, alongside an image paying homage to his alter ego “Dark Brandon,” a bolder, more more online from the president. , if he could shoot laser beams from his eyes.
Ms. Swift entered politics in the years following the 2016 presidential race, when she faced criticism for avoiding an endorsement and observers speculated about her political beliefs. In 2018, before the midterm elections, she wrote on Instagram that she would vote for Phil Bredesen, the Democratic challenger to Senator Marsha Blackburn, Republican of Tennessee. (Ms. Blackburn won.)
A clip from her 2020 documentary “Miss Americana” showed that the deliberations behind Ms. Swift’s decision to support Mr. Bredesen were more intense than publicly known. In the clip, a tearful Ms. Swift told her father that she needed to be “on the right side of history” and that “if he doesn’t win, then at least I’ll try.”
During this conversation, her father, Scott Swift, warned her about the danger of getting involved in politics, saying he needed to order “armored cars” to keep his daughter safe.
In October 2020, Ms Swift supported Mr Biden in an interview with 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 begin the healing process it desperately needs,” she said at the time.
Tree Paine, a representative for Ms. Swift, did not immediately respond Monday to a request for comment asking whether the singer would visit the White House or if she planned to support Mr. Biden.