White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway is pointing out why the Trump administration hasn’t backed the House-passed Equality Act after singer Taylor Swift called the White House out on it.
During Monday’s MTV Video Music Awards, Swift took a swing at the White House over the Equality Act, a bill passed in the Democratic-led House of Representatives guaranteeing LGBTQ people protection from discrimination.
Swift made a political statement during the award show when she was accepting an award. She brought up a petition shown at the end of her music video, “You Need to Calm Down,” that “now has half a million signatures, which is five times the amount needed to warrant a response from the White House.”
See Swift’s speech below:
— Video Music Awards (@vmas) August 27, 2019
“I would love to survey the audience if they even know what that even is, what the EqualityAact is and isn’t,” Conway responded during a Tuesday interview with Fox News, before breaking out in song with part of the singer’s lyrics.
“I can sing it for you where she says, “If you say it on the street that’s a knockout. If you put it in a tweet, that’s a cop-out. I love that. That basically is Washington in a nutshell. I think that when Hollywood and singers all go political, it sounds in the moment like it is very popular and we’ve seen so many times where it backfires and it blows up.”
On why the Trump administration hasn’t supported the Equality Act, the counselor to the president noted that the White House supports equality, but the bill has “poison pills in it that can harm other people.”
“When something is named something. It is not always truly that,” Conway added.
Watch Conway’s interview below:
Conway isn’t the only White House officials reacted to Swift.
White House spokesman Judd Deer told USA Today that 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.”
The singer hasn’t shied from making political statements, as she endorsed the Democratic candidate for Tennesse’s Senate race in the 2018 midterms — which the seat was won by now-Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).