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The music world lost a titan with the passing of Toby Keith. Toby, who was a legendary singer-songwriter, dedicated patriot, and huge supporter of the troops, lost his battle with stomach cancer and passed away. What you may not know is how he played a pivotal role in Taylor Swift’s career. It was Toby Keith who discovered her and helped her land her first record deal, laying the groundwork for her to become the superstar she is today. Despite owing much of her success to Toby, the response from the progressive pop princess has been utter silence since his passing on Tuesday.

Time Magazine:

In the aftermath of country music star Toby Keith’s passing, a video has resurfaced on the internet of a young Taylor Swift praising Keith in 2005.

Keith was a major figure in Swift’s early years. He helped found the “Cruel Summer” singer’s first record label, Big Machine, along with Scott Borchetta, but left six months later to focus on his own label, Show Dog Nashville.

In an interview with local news station WSMV 4 Nashville, a 15-year-old Swift said of Keith: “You’re in the room with him and you can feel it. There’s a power there and you’re just like, ‘Oh my God. I don’t think I’ll ever get to a point where I won’t see him and be like, ‘Oh my God, that’s Toby Keith.’”

Yet, oddly enough, even after all that early praise, as of this publication, Taylor has said absolutely nothing about her mentor. Fellow country star John Rich asks the million-dollar question:

Here’s the video of a 15-year-old Taylor Swift idolizing Toby Keith:

Here’s another video of pre-politics Taylor Swift praising the legendary Toby Keith.

Back in the good ol’ days, Taylor Swift was well-known for keeping her nose clean from politics, stating she was an entertainer, not a politician. She understood that the American public didn’t want to hear her political views. However, all of that has changed.

Now, she imagines herself as a political force, pushing left-wing candidates and attacking President Trump with back-handed comments like this:

She’s also out there pushing and supporting ghoulish left-wing policies like abortion, claiming “real Christians” support the killing of babies.

Life News:

Taylor Swift seems to believe that she can be a Christian and support the killing of unborn babies in abortions.

In a new Netflix documentary about her life, “Miss Americana,” Swift insisted that she is a Christian – even though she promotes political causes that go against Christian teachings, CBN News reports.

The celebrity has been increasingly vocal about her political beliefs over the past several years. In August, she told The Guardian that she supports legalized abortion. “Obviously, I’m pro-choice,” Swift said.

A year earlier, she endorsed Democrat Phil Bredesen in the Tennessee Senate race against Republican Marsha Blackburn, a leading pro-life advocate. Blackburn won anyway and continues to be a strong voice for life in the U.S. Senate.

In the new documentary, Swift talked about that moment when she decided to become more vocal politically.

According to CBN:

One clip from the film shows Swift trying to explain what led her to speak out on her political beliefs, particularly her endorsement of Democrat Phil Bredesen in the 2018 Senate race against pro-life Republican Marsha Blackburn.

“This was a situation where, from a humanity perspective and from what my moral compass was telling me I needed to do, I knew I was right, and I really didn’t care about repercussions,” Swift said.

Ah, the irony. Nothing screams “good Christian” like being involved in a murder, right? It looks like Taylor missed the memo on what Christian values actually mean. There’s a buzz going around that Taylor might dive headfirst into the 2024 election to rally young voters for Joe Biden, which he’s hemorrhaging at the moment.

National Pulse:

Joe Biden’s approval rating has cratered among 18-29-year-olds. A key demographic for the Democrat in 2020, younger voters now give him one of the worst ratings of any cohort in the country, with 27 percent approving of his performance against 71 percent disapproving.

The President’s popularity among voters under 30 may have been damaged by his stance on the Israel-Hamas war. Members of his own government and campaign staff are in revolt over his position, with some penning an open letter warning it is “a moral and electoral imperative for [him] to publicly call for a cessation of violence” as “Biden for President staff have seen volunteers quit in droves.”

Gen Z is calling him “Genocide Joe” over his handling of the Israel/Palestine dustup. Take a look:

Taylor’s caught in a bit of a storm right now, facing backlash for what looked like a cold shoulder to Celine Dion at the Grammys. Considering Celine’s brave fight against Stiff Person Syndrome, the moment felt off, especially from Taylor, who hugged everyone else on that stage. That to-hug-or-not-to-hug moment with Celine didn’t sit well with a lot of folks.

And of course, who could forget when Taylor Swift dropped an extremely cringeworthy endorsement of Joe Biden back in 2020 and an even more cringeworthy endorsement of Kamala Harris?


“The change we need most is to elect a president who recognizes that people of color deserve to feel safe and represented, that women deserve the right to choose what happens to their bodies, and that the LGBTQIA+ community deserves to be acknowledged and included,” Swift told the magazine. “Everyone deserves a government that takes global health risks seriously and puts the lives of its people first. The only way we can begin to make things better is to choose leaders who are willing to face these issues and find ways to work through them.”

She added that she believes that under Biden and Kamala Harris, “America has a chance to start the healing process it so desperately needs.”

On social media, Swift shared the cover of the magazine and joked, “so apt that it’s come out on the night of the VP debate. Gonna be watching and supporting @KamalaHarris by yelling at the tv a lot.”

Swift had until 2018 been fairly quiet about her political views.

Ahead of the midterm election, that changed when in a rare move, Swift endorsed two Democratic candidates running in the state of Tennessee.

Swift said at the time she had been “reluctant” to voice her political opinions in the past, but “due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now.”

Before she got involved in politics, Taylor Swift had a warmer, more carefree, friendly attitude. Since then, she’s adopted more of an ice queen persona, and her ego appears to have swelled up to the size of Jupiter. So, if Taylor Swift even bothers to put out a few kind words about her late idol and mentor, Toby Keith, we wouldn’t be surprised if it comes out stiff, formulaic, and scripted. We would be surprised if she was able to conjure up some of the warmth and charm of her younger self to give a gracious tribute to Keith. Let’s sit back, wait, and see what happens.