‘It’s confidential,’ says Biden about Taylor Swift supporting him in this year’s election race


US President Joe Biden toyed with conspiracy theories about him and pop superstar Taylor Swift during a stint on a late-night show and had a ready answer to the question of whether she will support him in 2024: That’s confidential.

During a conversation on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday, Biden, a Democrat, joked with Meyers, a comedian, about conspiracy theories that the president and the singer-songwriter are in “collusion “. Meyers said recent polls showed that 18% of Americans believed Biden and Swift were somehow working together.

“Can you confirm or deny that there is an active conspiracy between you and Ms. Swift?” Meyers said. “Where are you getting this information from?” joked the president, drawing laughter. “It’s confidential.”

Swift, whose enormous popularity among young people would be an advantage for the president as he runs for re-election in 2024, supported Biden in 2020. “Do you think this could happen again?” asked the host.

“I told you, it’s confidential,” Biden responded.

Biden’s appearance on the program is the president’s latest attempt to connect with young people and dispel concerns about his age after a report from a special counsel raised questions about his memory and mental acuity.

Biden, 81, reported that former President Donald Trump, his likely Republican rival, 77, was close to his age and had his own problems with verbal slips.

“You have to take a look at the other guy. He’s about the same age as me, but he can’t even remember his wife’s name,” Biden said, referring to Trump’s recent meeting at the conservative CPAC conference, where some they thought he referred to his wife, Melania, as “Mercedes.”

Mercedes Schlapp, a former Trump White House communications official, is one of the CPAC organizers. The former president’s reference may have been to her.

Biden also pursued questions about his age by comparing his policies to Trump’s in areas such as abortion. Biden supports women’s abortion rights; Trump expressed pride in nominating three new justices to the Supreme Court during his term who later helped overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. Wade who guaranteed the right to abortion throughout the country.

“It’s about how old his ideas are. Look, I mean, this is a guy who wants to take us back,” Biden said, referring to Trump. “He wants to take us back on Roe v. Wade. He wants to take us back on a number of issues.”

Source: Folha

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