Songwriter Taylor Swift was catapulted to an unheard level of fame on Sept. 24 when she showed up to watch Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce take on the Chicago Bears amid rumors that the two are romantically linked.
She has also been vividly criticized for her actions by some on the conservative end of the totem pole — and Fox News host Sean Hannity isn’t standing for it.
During his program on Sept. 28, the conservative political commentator sort of outed himself as a Swiftie and sent the potential couple his best wishes while defending her display of enthusiasm at Sunday’s game.
“You know what? I look at Taylor Swift— if I picked my music based on their politics, I’d have five choices ,” Hannity said. “Let’s be honest. You know, country, Christian contemporary, which are my favorite, but I admire her talent. She writes all her songs, she does these shows that have like nearly 50 songs, you know, sets in them.”
The “Midnight Rain” singer took to Instagram on Sept. 19 — National Voter Registration Day — and encouraged her fans to register to vote, which led to a surge of over 35,000 registrations, Newsweek reported.
“I’ve been so lucky to see so many of you guys at my U.S. shows recently,” Swift said via an Instagram Story, Newsweek said. “I’ve heard you raise your voices, and I know how powerful they are. Make sure you’re ready to use them in our elections this year!”
The right began to attack shortly after, including Sean Davis, the CEO of The Federalist, who wrote on X (formerly Twitter) that “Taylor Swift is dumb and her music sucks” and wrote that the singer’s popularity is “a sign of societal decline.”
In 2018, Swift publicly supported Democratic candidates. She took aim at Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican who ran for Senate in Tennessee, over multiple stances including LGBTQ and women’s rights.
But that doesn’t stop Hannity from coming to her not-needed aid and praising the singer and her talent. “She’s a great businesswoman, seems like a lovely girl, extraordinarily nice to her fans and I kind of hate people, you know, hating on her,” he said.
“We live in a free country, they are entitled to their views, as much as I might disagree. But I can also recognize talent and they’re both (Kelce) enormously talented.”