Pres. Trump’s former counselor Kellyanne Conway found a novel way to come to her old boss’ defense on Tuesday (Aug. 27) during a segment on Martha MacCallum’s show where the host brought up Taylor Swift‘s pointed message to the White House at the previous night’s 2019 MTV VMAs. “I would love to survey the audience if they know what that even is, what the Equality Act is and isn’t,” Conway said after watching a clip of Swift accepting the video of the year award and noting that the “You Need to Calm Down” video had a call to action at the end that the Trump team has seemingly ignored.
“But she’s welcome to have her opinion,” Conway added. The singer’s video asked Swifties to support the passage of the Equality Act bill, which would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity; the bill has passed in the Democrat-controlled House but has stalled out in the Republican-led Senate. To date, Swift said the petition has garnered more than five times (500,000) the amount of signatures required to warrant a White House response.
MacCallum noted that the “LGBTQ community believes it would give them greater equality in the workplace and elsewhere,” which spurred Conway to reveal that she “actually” likes “YNTCD,” leading to the surreal sight of the woman known for the phrase “alternative facts” offering to sing the tune. “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, seemingly not understanding that the line could be read by some as a slap at her former employer, known for his voluminous Twitter beefs. “I love that… that basically is Washington in a nutshell.”
Conway then slammed “Hollywood and singers” for getting political and dissed the increasingly active Swift for “going up against President Trump head-to-head” in the Lover star’s bid to get Democrat Phil Bredesen elected over now-Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn. “Can you give her one answer for why the White House doesn’t support the Equality Act?” MacCallum asked. “The president and the White House support equality,” Conway responded. “We don’t support pieces of legislation that have poison pills in it that can harm other people… When something is named something, it’s not always truly that. And so we have to look at the legislation and if she can get her signatures that’s terrific.”
Earlier in the day, a White House spokesperson pushed back at the suggestion that the Trump administration supports discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Watch the segment (beginning at the 12:10 mark) below.