Taylor Swift said President Donald Trump probably thinks of the U.S. as an “autocracy” and that she has become disillusioned with the state of American politics in an interview with British newspaper The Guardian.
Taylor said she’s upset that the current political atmosphere in the U.S. involves “gaslighting the American public into being, like, ‘If you hate the president, you hate America.’” Speaking about Trump, she adds, “We’re a democracy – at least, we’re supposed to be – where you’re allowed to disagree, dissent, debate. I really think that he thinks this is an autocracy.”
Taylor recently Stated that she stayed silent during the 2016 election because – given her negative public perception at the time – she felt she would be “a hindrance.” But she also tells The Guardian that she felt she simply couldn’t handle getting involved, because she was dealing with the emotional repercussions stemming from the re-occurrence of her mother’s cancer, and her feud with Kim Kardashian. “I was just trying to protect my mental health – not read the news very much, go cast my vote, tell people to vote. I just knew what I could handle and I knew what I couldn’t,” she explains. “I was literally about to break.” Now, she says she feels “really remorseful for not saying anything.”