The Federalist CEO’s Swift Critique: The CEO and co-founder of The Federalist, Sean Davis, was criticized on social media for referring to Taylor Swift as “dumb” and stating that “her music stinks.”
The Federalist CEO’s Swift Critique, Calling Taylor Swift “Dumb” and “her songs sucks”
Davis posted on X, formerly Twitter, an article by Mark Hemingway from The Federalist titled “Taylor Swift’s Popularity Is a Sign of Societal Decline.” Davis shared the article on X with the caption “Taylor Swift is an idiot and her music is terrible.”
Swift’s fanbase condemned Davis, who was called out by The Federalist’s CEO for his remarks about the music star. Here are a few of the responses:
“Taylor Swift represents the downfall of western society” said this weird-ass goodball pic.twitter.com/zlMXByZHNT
— Liam Nissan™ (@theliamnissan) September 26, 2023
I hope Taylor Swift’s fans don’t start asking #WhoFundsTheFederalist?
That would be terrible for the Federalist.
And so very wrong. pic.twitter.com/4EG9UurggM
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) September 26, 2023
Republicans are now attacking Taylor Swift after she just helped register thousands of young people to vote in a single day. pic.twitter.com/1vcB6STDln
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) September 25, 2023
Davis cites an article from The Federalist in which the author Hemingway asserts that “audiences and elite tastemakers alike have decided that Taylor Swift’s narcissistic lyrics and cliched music are a cultural triumph” and then asks, “but why would we celebrate this?”
The author added that while he understood the “important aspects” of Swift’s appeal, he is “not sure” whether the pop star’s “popularity is a testament to her talent.”
The Federalist was first published in September 2013. According to Davis’ bio on the publication’s website, he has extensive political affiliations, having previously served as an economic policy advisor to former Texas Governor Rick Perry. He also worked as Senator Tom Coburn’s primary investigator. He was also the CFO of the right-leaning news outlet Daily Caller.
According to The Hill, he was once considered one of the best congressional aides under the age of 35 after he spearheaded the passage of the law that established USA Spending.
Davis holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Texas Tech University and a Master of Business Administration in finance and entrepreneurial management from the Wharton School.