Will Taylor Swift rescue Joe Biden? Will Snoop Dogg endorse Trump? And who’s the sitting president? It’s a light-hearted day on the trail, and we are Resolute.
NY Times Unveils Biden Strategy: Employ Taylor Swift
Remember when Joe Biden mistook Taylor Swift for Britney Spears? If the New York Times is to be believed, Biden will have plenty of opportunities this fall to make the same mistake again. Or mistake Taylor Swift for James Taylor.
According to the Times, his campaign is trying to enlist the superstar singer’s active support, perhaps even having Biden show up on her “Eras” tour stops in the fall. Will what they’re calling the “Taylor Strategy” work? It’s one thing for Bill Clinton to grab a saxophone and jam, or Barack Obama to step to the mic and croon, but Biden shuffling on stage and slurring like he’s been tailgating since 10 a.m.? That’s a not-too-Swift move.
Yes, Swift is enormously popular. (Well, except to NFL fans sick of networks showing her dainty mug every time she reacts to boyfriend Travis Kelce. Even she’s reportedly getting sick of it.) But does that translate into votes? One survey suggests that only 18% say their election choice would be impacted by Taylor Swift’s endorsement. However, Swift ginning up enthusiasm among young female voters who aren’t enthused about Biden could help bring out Biden’s shrinking base.
However, there’s another famous artist who could have a surprising impact on the election.
Snoop Dogg Expresses “Nothing But Love” for Donald Trump
In 2017, rap legend Snoop Dogg released a video where he acted out shooting President Trump. Now he’s showering Trump with warm fuzzies. When asked by The Times of London about Trump, Snoop Dogg said he now has “nothing but love.”
“Donald Trump? He ain’t done nothing wrong to me. He has done only great things for me. He pardoned Michael Harris. So I have nothing but love and respect for Donald Trump.”
Harris was the co-founder of Snoop’s record label, Death Row. In 2021, Trump commuted the latest eight years of a 33-year sentence he’d been given for cocaine trafficking.
But will Snoop endorse Trump? “I may have to,” he said, but he knows there are “mixed views on that,” so we’ll have to wait and see.”
So who do you think would have a bigger impact on the election? Taylor Swift encouraging young women to support Biden or Snoop Dogg helping push urban votes Trump’s way?
The exodus of Black voters away from Biden already has his campaign adjusting strategy, ABC News reports. And Newsweek noted recently that Trump is on course to win more Black votes than any Republican in history.
Incidentally, if rappers embrace Trump in 2024, it wouldn’t be a 180 as much as a 360. Back in the day, Trump’s brash, flash-the-cash, glitz-and-gorgeous-women persona was referenced in many a rap song. The Donald was a hero.
Say What? Biden Calls Trump the “Sitting President”
A rapper praising Trump may make you think it’s 1985, but Joe Biden thinks it’s 2020.
During a speech over the weekend in South Carolina, Joe Biden referred to Trump as the “sitting president.”
Did he just call Donald Trump the sitting President? pic.twitter.com/pJVBsqrUtE
— Forever Trumper (@FanaTeresafana) January 28, 2024
You can hear the conspiracy theorists now. “See? Even Joe Biden’s admitting Trump is still the real president!” No, once again he’s just losing track of when he is.
Speaking of tracks, another Biden moment went viral last week.
🚨BREAKING from Biden:
“Apenw qqepdjnm. Isbagaapzzx! Zzxjjkanlppin.” pic.twitter.com/mrSzLsTJdR
— Sara Rose 🇺🇸🌹 (@saras76) January 25, 2024
The focus has been on trying to decipher what he said and meant. But that’s not what caught my ear. Is that legitimate audience reaction or did they sweeten it with a laugh track? Not sure why they would, but it sure sounds canned.
You don’t need a laugh track to chuckle over this one. Snopes — you know the liberal “fact check”? They just admitted to blowing one. They insisted Biden had not been wearing a hard hat backwards last week when, in fact, he was.
Hat backwards because “he’s a man of the people”
He’s never done a hard days work has he 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/ZhbItTau70
— Frankly Frank (@CastiglioneFrnk) January 26, 2024
On Saturday, they issued a correction.
Folks are saying Biden was wearing his hard hat backwards in the photo op with Sen. Amy Klobuchar and some construction workers in Superior, Wisconsin. But was he? https://t.co/A7671Gn5Co pic.twitter.com/I515MNnQ89
— snopes.com (@snopes) January 27, 2024
You know who’s really laughing at this story? My wife. Because also this weekend, I got my first bicycle helmet. And preceded to put it on backwards.
So, there you go, Blue Collar Joe. You want to put that thing on backwards, you go ahead! Make the fashion statement. I’m the last person to make fun.
Al Perrotta is the Managing Editor of The Stream, co-author, with John Zmirak, of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration and co-author of the counter-terrorism memoir Hostile Intent: Protecting Yourself Against Terrorism.