In the process, she trashed the Republican contender, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (who leads in the polls).
Many conservatives, not surprisingly, reacted with outrage at Swift taking a stand that parts company with them. Also upset were white supremacists and neo-Nazis, who in the past had somehow convinced themselves that Swift was on their side.
Trump, in comments to reporters Monday afternoon, took an approach that simultaneously seems more statesman-like that most of his statements, while still sounding petty in a way only he can.
In the past, Trump has claimed to be a big fan of Swift’s, as in this tweet from nearly six years ago.
Glad to hear that @taylorswift13 will be co-hosting the Grammy nominations special on 12.5. Taylor is terrific!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2012
Reactions on Twitter to Trump’s declaration included skepticism that he really has had an interest in Swift’s music.
Can he name one song?
— Robert the Spruce (@Bufshuf) October 8, 2018
@realDonaldTrump marinates in adolescent pettiness. What’s his next move—calling Kanye to share Taylor Swift horror stories?
— TexasHillCountry (@TxHillCountry6) October 8, 2018
When he says stuff like this, why doesn’t it translate what a complete phony he is!
— Annemarie (@annemariehams) October 8, 2018
I hope his next move is to tell all his Twitter followers to listen to Katy Perry songs exclusively for the next week.
— Jesse Pound (@jesserpound) October 8, 2018
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.