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Taylor Swift and Political Ignorance

Taylor Swift and Political Ignorance

Taylor Swift in concert
Taylor Swift. (Amy McKeon/ZUMA Press/Newscom)


A recent Monmouth poll finds that 18% of Americans and 32% of Republicans believe there is a “a covert government effort for Taylor Swift to help Joe Biden win the presidential election.” The percentage of believers is higher among the 46% of Americans who have previously heard of the Swift conspiracy theory, and is especially high among Republicans who had previously heard of it (44% of that subgroup said they believed such a covert effort exists). As more Republicans learn of this conspiracy theory, more might come to believe it.

Over the last few weeks, some conservative activists and online “influencers” have promoted the absurd conspiracy theory that Taylor Swift’s relationship with Kansas City Chiefs player Travis Kelce is actually a “deep state” government “psyop” designed to help Biden win the election (presumably, Swift -grateful for being set up with Kelce and resulting publicity, will endorse Biden in exchange). Large numbers of Republicans (though still a minority) now apparently believe it! In fairness, some of those who told Monmouth they believed in the existence of the “covert government effort”  might have had some other type of conspiracy in mind. But the one involving Kelce has gotten the broadest circulation.

I won’t spend much time…

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