The White House Gives Taylor Swift a Response After 'Equality Act' Petition

Swift asked for action in her VMAs acceptance speech

August 28, 2019

Look what she made them do.

On Monday night at the MTV VMAs, Taylor Swift highlighted her petition supporting the Equality Act, an extension of the Civil Rights Act aiming to increase protections for the LGBTQ community and beyond. "In this video several points were made, so you voting for this video means that you want a world, where we're all treated equally under the law," Swift said as she accepted the award for Video Of The Year.

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The video for “You Need To Calm Down” is punctuated with Taylor’s petition to Support the Equality Act, asking signers to join her as she urges the Senate to vote on the bill. They have, with over 500,000 people adding their name to the petition.

"It now has half a million signatures,” she continued. “Which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House."

On Tuesday, that’s exactly what happened, as White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere responded when asked about the moment. "The Trump administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all,” said Deere. “However, the House-passed bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights."

The comments are in line with what the administration has expressed since the bill passed in the House of Representatives in May, but a new spotlight from Swift and company could help speed the process in the Senate.

The petition also inspired spokesperson Kellyanne Conway to weigh in, first applauding her song “You Need To Calm Down,” then belittling her involvement.

"If you say it on the street that's a knockout, If you put it in a tweet that's a cop out," she sang during an interview on Fox News. "I love that. That basically is Washington in a nutshell."

After the perhaps unaware analysis of Swift's lyrics, Conway dismissed the moment by saying, “I think that when Hollywood and singers and all go political it sounds in the moment like it’s very popular. We’ve seen so many times when it backfires and it blows up.”

You can read more about the Equality Act and sign Taylor Swift’s petition here.