Taylor Swift won't save us from Donald Trump

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As Donald J. Trump creeps (literally) closer to the Oval Office, some democracy fans have become increasingly desperate to shut him down once and for all. Many have called on Republican Party leaders to denounce the candidate, while others have beseeched a higher power: Taylor Swift. It is impossible to calculate how many Americans are depending on Swift to solve this election, but their numbers include at least two working journalists.

Adding to the chorus of Twitter eggs who beg Swift to make a political endorsement each day ("@taylorswift13 please use your power and influence to dissuade white people from voting for Donald Trump"; "@taylorswift13 who are you voting for? As a self proclaimed feminist, how have you not spoken up yet?"), the Daily Beast's Amy Zimmerman decried the pop star's "loud election silence" this summer. And last week, Fusion reporter Kelsey McKinney made the more explicit, tortured argument that "it's time for Taylor Swift to say something about Donald Trump."

Since Swift is a self-proclaimed feminist, McKinney wrote, she has a duty to speak out against the candidate who has bragged about groping women. (Swift reportedly also experienced a sexual assault, which McKinney argues makes Swift somehow more obligated to provide the public with her political opinions.) "To remain silent is to remain complicit in every hateful statement" Trump makes, McKinney insisted.

See photos from Taylor Swift's recent girls' night out:

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Singer Taylor Swift, Serena Williams and Karlie Kloss are seen outside 'Bowery Ballroom' in Soho on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Singer Taylor Swift, Serena Williams and Karlie Kloss are seen outside 'Bowery Ballroom' in Soho on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Serena Williams and Karlie Kloss,Taylor Swift, Zoe Karvitz, Karl Glusman and Dakota Johnson are seen outside Bowery Ballroom in Soho on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Singer Taylor Swift, Serena Williams and Karlie Kloss are seen outside 'Bowery Ballroom' in Soho on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Serena Williams and Karlie Kloss,Taylor Swift, Zoe Karvitz, Karl Glusman and Dakota Johnson are seen outside Bowery Ballroom in Soho on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Singer Taylor Swift, Serena Williams and Karlie Kloss are seen outside 'Bowery Ballroom' in Soho on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Singer Taylor Swift is seen in Soho on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Taylor Swift and Martha Hunt are seen in Soho on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Singer Taylor Swift, Serena Williams and Karlie Kloss are seen outside 'Bowery Ballroom' in Soho on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Singer Taylor Swift, Serena Williams and Karlie Kloss are seen outside 'Bowery Ballroom' in Soho on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Singer Taylor Swift, Serena Williams and Karlie Kloss are seen outside 'Bowery Ballroom' in Soho on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Taylor Swift, Zoe Karvitz and Dakota Johnson are seen outside Bowery Ballroomon October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Serena Williams and Karlie Kloss,Taylor Swift, Zoe Karvitz, Karl Glusman and Dakota Johnson are seen outside Bowery Ballroom in Soho on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Serena Williams and Karlie Kloss,Taylor Swift, Zoe Karvitz, Karl Glusman and Dakota Johnson are seen outside Bowery Ballroom in Soho on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Singer Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss are seen outside 'Bowery Ballroom' in Soho on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Lily Donaldson, Dakota Johnson, Taylor Swift Zoe Karvitz and Karl Glusman are in Soho n October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Singer Taylor Swift is seen in Soho on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Singer Taylor Swift is seen in Soho on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
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Whatever your feelings about the political responsibilities of pop stars or assault victims, this argument is not going to work here. If you think you can shame Taylor Alison Swift into dropping a surprise political endorsement three weeks before the election, you have bought all the way in, my friend. Two years ago, Swift began to embrace feminism as a marketing strategy, announcing in The Guardian her realization that being a feminist doesn't mean that you "hate men." Now, she parades around a squad of Victoria's Secret Angels and Blake Lively and occasionally Lena Dunham because it makes her look fun and cool and supportive of other women, regardless of whether she is any of these things. Promoting girl power is good business. Denouncing a candidate who still has the support of 42 percent of Americans is not. To expect Swift to come to her senses and speak out against Trump is to misunderstand what she's been selling all along.

Since she first rose to country stardom in the mid-2000s, Swift has studiously avoided issuing political opinions. During the 2008 election, she told People that voting was "really, really beautiful" and "so completely American," but she declined to reveal which candidate, if any, she supported. In 2012, she told Time, "I follow [the election], and I try to keep myself as educated and informed as possible. But I don't talk about politics because it might influence other people. And I don't think that I know enough yet in life to be telling people who to vote for."

Here are the celebrities that support Hillary Clinton:

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Britney Spears

Being in Vegas for #PieceOfMe is amazing for so many reasons... Especially today... because I had the incredible opportunity to meet @HillaryClinton!! Such an inspiration and beautiful voice for women around the world!!! This woman had an intense presence and I felt very honored to meet her!!!

Steve Harvey

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Cher

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Matt Damon

(Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

George Clooney

(Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Richard Gere

(Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)

Snoop Dogg

(Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images)

Leonardo DiCaprio

(Photo by Michael Stewart/GC Images)

Will Ferrell

(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Turner)

Martha Stewart

(Photo by Michael Stewart/GC Images)

Tom Hanks

(Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West

I got my selfie!!! I really loved hearing her speak & hearing her goals for our country! #HillaryForPresident http://t.co/zGpdcGSZBD

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker

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Amy Schumer

(Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)

DES MOINES, IA - OCTOBER 24: Singer Katy Perry attends the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner as a guest of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on October 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. The dinner is a major fundraiser for Iowa's Democratic Party. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Jennifer Lopez

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Kerry Washington

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Bethenny Frankel

(Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)

Oprah Winfrey

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Beyonce

(Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Uzo Aduba

(Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for EMILY's List)

Tory Burch

(Photo by Taylor Hill/GC Images)

Candice Bergen

(Photo by Taylor Hill/GC Images)

Eva Longoria

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

America Ferrera

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Chloe Grace Moretz

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Ellen DeGeneres

(Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Bryan Cranston

(Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for the Maui Film Festival at Wailea)

Shonda Rhimes

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

2 Chainz

(Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

Ellen Pompeo

(Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

Viola Davis

(Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for the Maui Film Festival at Wailea)

Kendall Jenner

Shirt by @themarcjacobs. History by @hillaryclinton. #MadeForHistory #ImWithHer @voguemagazine

Demi Lovato

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

(Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

Jesse Eisenberg

(Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)

Salma Hayek

(Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Lena Dunham

(Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Olivia Wilde

(Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

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Swift knows plenty. She only attempts to influence public opinion, however, on issues that directly affect her. In 2014, she wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal lambasting streaming music services like Spotify for underpaying artists. ("Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for.") Last year, she wrote an "open letter" to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking him to further compensate the artists on Apple Music. Swift has no trouble speaking up about a political issue, if the political issue is making more money.

Plus, because Swift's interest in empowering women has been erratic over the years, aligning herself with Hillary Clinton could be a public-relations challenge: Katy Perry, the object of Swift's derision in her mean-girl anthem "Bad Blood," is a prominent Clinton surrogate.

If, in the next three weeks, Trump decides he wants to make pop music illegal (you never know), perhaps Swift will make a statement about that on her Notes app. Otherwise, Taylor Swift will speak publicly about an American election when Taylor Swift is on the ballot.

Here are the celebrities that support Donald Trump:
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Willie Robertson (of "Duck Dynasty")

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Dennis Rodman

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Wayne Newton

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ABA)

Rosanne Barr

(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for TV Land)

Gary Busey

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Mike Tyson

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Teresa Giudice (of "Real Housewives of New Jersey")

(Photo by: Tommy Garcia/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Jon Voight

(Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)

Stephen Baldwin

(Photo by Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic)

Kid Rock

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Tila Tequila

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Stacey Dash

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Kendra Wilkinson

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Azealia Banks

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Sarah Palin

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