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Former Trump Aide Warned Against Playing Taylor Swift

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A former Trump aide recalled being told not to play Taylor Swift’s music around former president Donald Trump. Credit: Gage Skidmore, CC BY 2.0

A former aide for the Trump administration told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Tuesday that she was advised by other staff members not to play Taylor Swift’s music in the White House.

Olivia Troye, who worked under former Vice President Mike Pence as well as assisting on the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, told Chris Hayes that she had been playing the pop icon’s music alone in her office after a tumultuous meeting about the pandemic when a fellow staffer interrupted her and asked, “Are you trying to get fired?”

Her colleague explained to Troye: “I don’t think [Swift’s] a fan of Trump’s,” and that “If someone hears that… you should really watch your back. You should be careful on that.”

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Troye was flabbergasted by this explanation and insisted that it “was late, and I’m allowed to listen to whatever music I want.”

Swift openly supported President Joe Biden during his campaign against Trump in the 2020 elections, famously posing on Instagram with a tray of cookies decorated in support of his campaign.

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Taylor Swift posing with a tray of cookies designed with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ campaign logo. Credit: Taylor Swift/Instagram

Trump had aide called the “Music Man” who calmed him down with songs

Former President Trump is notorious for his eccentric behavior amongst staff members and aides, as well as being sensitive to the opinions of celebrities.

Stephanie Grisham, one of former President Donald Trump’s former press secretaries, told the story of one of Trump’s aides, known as the “Music Man,” in her book “I’ll Take Your Questions Now.” The “Music Man’s” sole purpose in the administration was to play calming music for the president during his fits of anger.

Grisham’s book covers the impact of Trump’s scandals on his entire family, including former First Lady Melania Trump:

“After the Stormy Daniels story broke and all the allegations that followed from other women, I felt that Mrs. Trump was basically unleashed,” writes Grisham. “She had always been independent from her husband, but now, as a wronged and publicly humiliated first lady, she seemed liberated to do whatever she wanted, or didn’t want, to do.”

Grisham also describes another shocking moment in the fallout of the Stormy Daniels story, where Trump assures Grisham that his genitals are “fine”:

“‘Everything down there is fine,’ he said. What the hell was I supposed to say to that? I kept it to a simple ‘Okay,’ praying that somehow we’d get disconnected,” writes Grisham. “‘It’s fine,’ he repeated. ‘Uh, yes, sir,’ I replied. Well, that was awkward.”

The book also paints a portrait of Trump’s emotional and anger issues, with Grisham expressing her surprise at how deep the president’s rage went even when there was no audience:

“When I began to see how his temper wasn’t just for shock value or the cameras, I began to regret my decision to go to the West Wing,” writes Grisham. “He didn’t like them telling him that things he wanted to do were unethical or illegal. So he’d scream at them. But then he’d usually listen. And then yell at them again later.”

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