It’s not very difficult to convince MAGAs to believe in outlandish things. Trump supporters have variously believed that Hillary Clinton ran a sex trafficking ring out of a Washington pizzeria, that the 2020 election was stolen by Italian satellites, that Horse Paste Is a Better COVID-19 Preventative Than FDA-Approved Vaccinesand that Donald Trump was right when he said that “he can do whatever he wants.”
Some even think that JFK Jr. is still alive and currently looks like a magician at a bachelorette party that no one invited him to. (That’s great, but it pales in comparison to the truly crazy conspiracy theory that RFK Jr. is still alive.)
However, there appear to be limits even to the credulity of Trump supporters, and according to a recent straw poll by NBC News, they simply aren’t buying the idea that pop sensation Taylor Swift’s relationship with the US tight end Kansas City Chiefs Travis Kelce is part of a sinister psychological operation designed to re-elect Joe Biden.
Whether it be right-wing influencer and Trump supporter Laura Loomer (who claimed to be a Democrat “Psychological operation on Taylor Swift’s election interference” in X), the far-right social media account “End Wokeness” (what he wrote in X: “What is happening with Taylor Swift is not organic or natural. It’s an operation”) or even Fox News host Jesse Waters (who claimed Swift was a “front for a covert political agenda”), the theory has become ubiquitous in right-wing circles.
MAGA influencers seem to believe, or at least claim to believe, that Swift and her boyfriend are Democratic stooges and that NFL games were rigged to get Kelce, perhaps with Swift in tow, to the Super Bowl this weekend.
But for Trump voters (even some of whom believe Trump won the 2020 presidential election and that January 6 was an inside job) this Swift theory is going too far.
Oh yeah, I can almost hear them now: “What?! Do you think the NFL colluded with the Deep State to ensure Taylor Swift dated a pro-vax football player? And then they rigged the playoffs so that their team won the Super Bowl and they could both go up to the winner’s stage and endorse Joe Biden? Have you lost your ever loving mind? …Tell me, is this your horse paste or mine?
To be fair, this is one of the more absurd conspiracy theories MAGA influencers have put forward, and is It’s encouraging to discover that ordinary Trump voters actually have some limits. But it sure says something about the current political climate that anyone thought this would work. Republican pundits and elected officials may have zero respect for the intelligence of rank-and-file MAGAs, but they now appear to be laboring under the misconception that they are potatoes.
Ah, but they’re not potatoes… and this time they can prove it! NBC News reached out to numerous Trump supporters to gauge his interest in jumping off the deep end in his magic MAGA underpants, and most were at least reluctant.
“To be honest and direct, I think that’s crazy. It’s absolutely crazy,” Nic Heimsoth, a Trump supporter from Kansas City, Missouri, responded when asked about the conspiracy theory.
Well, of course he is I’m going to say that. He’s probably a Chiefs fan. And he’s just a guy.
But unfortunately, Nic was not alone.
“Democrats will use fair and foul means to win, but that’s nonsense,” said Cynthia Yockey, a two-time Trump voter who is set to do the dirty deed again in November. “The Democrats’ history of deception is quite long. It’s been a constant stream of manipulations, so it’s easy to start using that filter to see everything. I would love for the Republicans to calm down so we can start working on the real hoaxes.”
Ah yes, the real hoaxes. So Biden is the current president, when we all know that Trump actually is. Except when something goes wrong. Then it’s Biden. But that’s just common sense.
But while respondents may or may not think that Trump secretly runs the government from a pool cabana at Mar-a-Lago (which would do explain why she had all those top secret documents stacked next to the bathroom), they definitely won’t buy Swift’s stuff.
“I don’t believe it, and I think a lot of my conservative friends don’t believe it either,” said Craig Gingrich of Cedar Falls, Iowa.
“I think the Democratic Party can take the opportunity to try to get Taylor to endorse them, but I don’t think there is a plan,” said Tyler Linnebur of Littleton, Colorado.
Oh, Tyler, you’re naive. This has George Soros’ fingerprints all over it. He somehow convinced two young, tremendously successful and attractive men to be attracted to each other. Probably something he slipped into his COVID vaccines.
Of course, some Trump supporters who remain skeptical of the conspiracy theory are reluctant to dismiss it entirely.
Evan Deal of Algona, Iowa, said he doesn’t necessarily believe there’s a “vast conspiracy” to get Swift and Kelce to boost Biden’s campaign, but he does think it’s possible Pfizer was behind their relationship. After all, Kelce has appeared in Pfizer ads and believes everyone should get vaccinated. “It makes sense that they want the Chiefs to go to the Super Bowl for the publicity,” Deal said.
Meanwhile, even Trump supporters who are inclined to believe patently absurd things (like that Trump was a good president) are skeptical of Swift’s psy-op theory.
Owen Laufenberg, a 19-year-old Trump fan from Wisconsin, told NBC News that he doesn’t think the relationship is a propaganda ploy, but he does find it strange that TV networks occasionally point their cameras at the world’s biggest pop star. . universe between shots from the sideline of the kicker of the team behind throwing balls into that net.
“It’s really crazy how she’s running the NFL right now. “It’s crazy,” Laufenberg said. When she was asked what she meant by that, Laufenberg explained: “It seems like we watch more Taylor Swift than the football game. “It’s just suspicious that that’s happening all the time.”
The New York Times would like to speak with you, Owen.
The (D)sonance between the number of times Ms. Swift is shown and the number of times people seem to think she is shown has continued. The reality is that Ms. Swift often appears on screen for less than 25 seconds over the course of broadcasts that last more than three hours, and her name is rarely mentioned.
Meanwhile, real Republican politicians have also weighed in, because that’s precisely how dumb this country is right now.
“Taylor Swift is allowed to have a boyfriend,” said Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley. “Taylor Swift is a good artist. I’ve taken my daughter to Taylor Swift concerts before. “Having a conspiracy theory about all of this is strange.”
No wonder Haley is losing. If only she had the rare insight and courage of Vivek Ramaswamy.
Of course, the Biden-Harris campaign is I’m very interested in securing Swift’s endorsement, because why wouldn’t they be? It would be a real blow that the Republican Party could never hope to match, since Republicans only deliver unsuccessful blows.
The New York Times:
The biggest and most influential endorsement target is Ms. Swift, 34, the pop sensation and NFL enthusiast who can touch millions of followers with an Instagram post or a mid-concert aside. She endorsed Mr. Biden in 2020 and, last year, a single Instagram post of hers led her to 35,000 new voter registrations. Ms. Swift’s fundraising appeals could be worth millions of dollars to Mr. Biden.
Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, a top Biden surrogate, practically begged Swift to become more involved in Biden’s campaign when spoke to journalists after a Republican primary debate in September.
“Taylor Swift is tall and unique,” he said. “I think what she was able to accomplish just by getting young people to consider that they have a voice and that they should have a choice in the next election is profoundly powerful.”
Diabolical! Of course, it will only work if the Chiefs win the Super Bowl, because Taylor Swift is completely defined by her six-month relationship with a guy she met for the first time last summer.
Luckily for us, the outcome is already determined. Soros himself told me this at the last Illuminati meeting. We have this. Do not you worry about anything.
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