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White House Says Taylor Swift Should Calm Down About Equality Act

White House Says Taylor Swift Should Calm Down About Equality Act

White House Says Taylor Swift Should Calm Down About Equality Act
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The White House claims the bill "is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights.”

Taylor Swift thinks the White House needs to support the Equality Act. The White House thinks Taylor Swift needs to take her own advice and calm down.

In her acceptance speech for Video of the Year at Monday's MTV VMAs, Swift noted that a petition supporting the Equality Act, which she plugged in to music video for "You Need to Calm Down," had over 500,000 signatures -- five times what it would need to warrant an official response from the White House.

"The Trump administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all," White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement. "However, the House-passed bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights." The Equality Act, which was passed earlier this year by the House, is a bipartisan bill that would put antidiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people into law. The Trump administration emphatically does not support equality, as they've filed two briefs in the past month undermining federal workplace protections for LGBTQ+ employees.

Meanwhile, Kellyanne Conway, who is always happy to prove she's the most deranged member of the Trump administration, gave her own version of this message in an interview with Fox News. Conway admitted she's a Swiftie, quoting a line from "You Need to Calm Down" to prove it. "If you say it on the street, that's a knockout / If you put it in a tweet, that's a cop-out," she sang, the best example of chaotic evil on Fox News this week.

"I would love to ask her audience if they even know what... the Equality Act is and isn't," Conway said. "She's welcome to her opinion. I can tell you there's a lot of poison pills in it." Is she going to launch into a verse from Nicki Minaj's "Pills and Potions" next?

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