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White House responds to Taylor Swift’s call for Equality Act at MTV Video Music Awards


Taylor Swift called for a response from the White House during the VMAs on Monday, (Matt Sayles/Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

A President Trump spokesman has a message for Taylor Swift: You need to calm down.

The White House issued a response after the pop star called for Trump’s administration to take action regarding the Equality Act, a proposed federal bill that aims to protect LGBTQ rights.

“The Trump Administration absolutely opposes 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,” said Judd Deere, a spokesman for the White House, in a statement.

The response comes after Swift, 29, spoke about a petition advocating for the bill during her acceptance speech for video of the year at Monday’s MTV Video Music Awards in Newark.

"It now has half-a-million signatures, which is five times the amount it would need to warrant a response from the White House,” Swift said onstage, before tapping her wrist to indicate she’s been waiting to hear from the Trump administration.

Swift has been vocal in the past in her support of the bill, which is passed by the House of Representatives but not the Senate.

On Tuesday, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, appeared on Fox News and weighed in on Swift’s speech.

“I think that when Hollywood and singers and all go political it sounds in the moment like it’s very popular, and you’ve seen so many times where it backfires and it blows up,” Conway said.

Conway also sang a portion of Swift’s new song “You Need to Calm Down” during the appearance, saying that the lyrics “If you say it on the street, that’s a knockout, if you put it in a tweet, that’s a cop-out” are basically "Washington in a nutshell.”