Former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who lost her reelection bid for Congress by more than 30 points in her state, recently praised singer Taylor Swift, calling her “a national treasure.”
Cheney has become one of the fiercest anti-Trump Republicans in past years and now admires Swift, one of the left’s most influential figures.
Taylor Swift is a national treasure.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) January 31, 2024
Cheney’s praise for Swift comes as conservatives have criticized the mainstream media for obsessing over the singer.
In 2023, Time magazine declared Swift the Person of the Year. The singer’s relationship with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has caused outrage from many National Football League (NFL) fans since broadcasters consistently show her on television.
After losing her congressional reelection bid in Wyoming, Cheney has appeared on numerous left-leaning news outlets, such as ABC’s “The View,” where she recently declared that she would never vote for former President Donald Trump and did not rule out voting for President Joe Biden.
When asked if she would vote for Biden or Trump, Cheney responded, “I’d say that I will never vote for Donald Trump. There are some conservatives who are trying to make this claim that somehow Biden is a bigger risk than Trump. My view is, I disagree with a lot of Joe Biden’s policies. We can survive bad policies. We cannot survive torching the Constitution.”
In 2020, Swift endorsed Biden and expressed her opposition toward Trump, calling the former president’s supporters “White supremacists.”
Recent polls have shown that an endorsement from the singer in 2024 could impact the election.
A survey by Redfield & Wilton Strategies showed that 18% of Americans are “more likely” or “significantly more likely” to vote for the presidential contender endorsed by Swift.
Although political pundits argue that Swift’s endorsement could sway the 2024 presidential election, history suggests that the singer’s support doesn’t have a drastic effect. In 2018, she endorsed Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s (R-TN) challenger in Tennessee’s Senate race, Phil Bredesen. Blackburn eventually won the race with 54% of the vote.
Biden’s 2024 reelection campaign is working overtime to secure Swift’s endorsement to attract young voters.
Democrats, such as California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), have encouraged Swift to work closely with the Biden campaign.
“Taylor Swift stands tall and unique,” Newsom told reporters in 2023. “What she was able to accomplish just in getting young people activated to consider that they have a voice and that they should have a choice in the next election, I think, is profoundly powerful.”