American singer-songwriter, Taylor Swift has received a response from the White House for her VMAs Statement and Petition, but they didn’t give any new insights.
The 29-year-old singer recently won the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards in the video of the year category, for her work “You Need to Calm Down” which was produced by Todrick Hall. The visual contains a petition at the end urging the Senate to vote on the Equality Act.
While giving her acceptance speech at the VMAs, the Pennsylvania-born singer called on the White House to respond to their petition on the prevention of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
“We deserve equal rights under the law. I want to thank everyone who signed that petition because it has half a million signatures, which is five times the amount it would need to warrant a response from the White House,” – Swift said.
Swift was referring to the previous president, Barack Obama administration’s policy of responding to petitions with a certain amount of signatures, though President Donald Trump has not continued that.
The White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere, however, responded the following day. Explaining in a statement that the Trump administration “opposes discrimination of any kind,” but would not be supporting the bill.
“The Trump Administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all; however, the House-passed bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights.” – Deere said.
Meanwhile, the statement on behalf of the White House was similar to the one issued in May ahead of the launch of Swift’s Equality Act petition.
Earlier this year, Swift wrote an open letter to Republican Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander about the Equality Act, which responded to the same statement Deere shared today.
“I personally reject the President’s stance that his administration, ‘Supports equal treatment of all,’ but that the Equality Act, ‘in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights. That statement implies that there is something morally wrong with being anything other than heterosexual and cisgender, which is an incredibly harmful message to send to a nation full of healthy and loving families with same-sex, nonbinary or transgender parents, sons or daughters.” – Swift wrote.
Apart from speaking out about the Equality Act, Taylor Swift has also shared her disapproval for President Trump and the messages he sends to the public.
“[He’s] gaslighting the American public into being like, ‘if you hate the president, you hate America’. 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. I just can’t believe this is happening.” – Swift said in a recent chat with The Guardian.