The attacks on Gaga are part of Trump’s attempt to distort Biden’s statements on fracking to peel away voters in Pennsylvania, a state that The Economist has given Biden a 96% chance of winning. After Biden claimed during the final presidential debate that he intends to transition America away from fossil fuels as president, Trump pounced on the remarks, running ads in the state falsely claiming the Democratic candidate intends to “end fracking.”
In truth, Biden has called to ban new fracking on federal lands but has repeatedly pledged not to totally outlaw the practice.
Although Trump signed a pro-fracking memo on Saturday in an alleged attempt to preserve jobs in the state, research shows that the president has been inflating the potential impact of a ban that Biden doesn’t even support. Trump has claimed that doing away with fracking would result in the loss of nearly a million jobs, but in truth, it would impact just 26,000 workers in the state.
Gaga responded to the president’s tweets appropriately: “I’m glad to be living rent free in your head!” she tweeted in response.
Ahead of Monday’s performance, Gaga has been making a huge effort to increase voter turnout in key states. Although 97 million people have already cast their votes, LGBTQ+ people and other marginalized groups may be dissuaded from turning out to the ballots by voter suppression efforts and guidelines which make it difficult for transgender people to register to vote.
Gaga urged everyone who can to turn out on November 3, however. “I believe no matter how you feel about the election,” she says in a PSA posted Friday, “you are still accountable.”
The singer also revisited some of her most iconic looks in the PSA, including her cutout onesie from 2008’s “Poker Face” video, the 2010 MTV VMAs meat dress (a throwback to a much, much simpler time), and her patriotic jumpsuit from 2017’s Super Bowl halftime show.
Of course, that was hardly the end of it. On Sunday, Gaga followed up her PSA with another video aimed at undecided voters. In the video, Gaga appears in a two-piece camouflage outfit — replete with thigh-high pink-and-black lace-up combat boots — before cracking open a beer and telling viewers: “Hey, this is Lady Gaga. I’m voting for America, which means I’m voting for Joe Biden.”
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