The Trump administration has officially responded to Taylor Swift’s petition supporting the Equality Act.
The singer got political during her 2019 MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech for video of the year, which she won for the pride-themed anthem, to call out the Trump administration's current lack of acknowledgement of the Equality Act petition for LGBTQ rights.
A call to sign the petition was featured at the end of her video.
"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.
On Tuesday, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said the Trump administration rejects discrimination but doesn't support the Equality Act bill.
He continued by saying that the bill is full of “poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights.”
Swift included a message at the end of her music video for “You Need to Calm Down” that urges fans to sign the petition, which calls for the Senate to vote “yes” on the Equality Act.
The bill would prevent discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity.
Swift mentioned the petition in her VMAs acceptance speech for Video of the Year. The response, however, sounds like, is a resounding “no.”
But if Swift continues in her newfound commitment to activism, this bill might not die on Capitol Hill. Her political re-emergence comes as the nation gears up for what could be a vitriolic 2020 election.
Swift wasn't the only performer to get political at this year's VMAs. Rapper French Montana and "GLOW" star Alison Brie took a pro-immigration stance when they presented the award for Best Latin music video.
Moroccan-born Montana said he was proud to present the award as an immigrant, adding "I feel like we are the people that make this country, and I feel like I want to be the voice."