CNN’s “Inside Politics” anchor Dana Bash admitted on Tuesday she was “trying not to laugh” as she read aloud online posts from conservative personalities who baselessly claim that pop star Taylor Swift is some kind of operative for the Democratic Party.
“Prominent right-wing figures are speculating that her relationship with Travis Kelce is made up and that the Super Bowl will be rigged for Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs, and the end game is Swift endorsing [President Joe] Biden after the big game,” Bash said.
Former GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, podcast host Mike Crispi, Donald Trump-embraced Laura Loomer and media personality Benny Johnson have all advanced the “very bogus claims,” Bash noted.
CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy agreed the arguments are “absurd” and “outrageous” against Swift, who did endorse Biden in 2020 and has become increasingly vocal in encouraging her fans to vote.
Prominent right-wing figures are pushing a new series of conspiracy theories speculating that Taylor Swift's relationship with Travis Kelce is made up, the Super Bowl will be rigged, and Biden will score a big endorsement after the game. @oliverdarcy sets the record straight. pic.twitter.com/ihyUmZJX1C
— Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) January 30, 2024
“But they are coming from some of the most prominent voices in right-wing media and so while us in reality, consuming credible news information, might laugh at them because they are so ridiculous and outlandish, the people who rely [on] and are swimming in this polluted right-wing information space, you could see how they might apparently be attracted to some of these ideas because they are being inundated by them from some of the most prominent voices,” he added.
Darcy pointed to Jesse Watters’ recent Pentagon asset claims about Swift on his widely watched prime-time Fox News show as another example.
“God forbid there’s an incredibly powerful woman who tends to just do things the way she wants to do them, and she seems to like this football player,” Bash replied.