White House (sort of) responds to Taylor Swift's VMA call-out over Equality Act

David Caplan
August 27, 2019 - 1:57 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Taylor Swift called out the White House during her acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards Monday night for failing to respond to a petition she circulated about passing the Equality Act -- and the White House responded, but with a statement it used in May.

While on stage accepting the award for video of the year -- for the Pride-themed "You Need to Calm Down" -- she reminded the audience that at the end of the video, viewers are urged to sign an online petition supporting the Equality Act.  

"It now has half a million signatures, which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House," Swift said, then looked at her wrist as if to gesture she was checking the time on a watch.

Responding to Swift's call-out, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere, said in a statement, according to CNN, "The Trump administration absolutely opposed 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."

But that was the same statement the White House issued in May.

The Equality Act would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing, the workplace, public accommodations, and other areas.