Travis Kelce Oct 8, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) looks on before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has found himself in some hot water with Taylor Swift fans, better known as Swiftites.

Someone noticed that Kelce liked a post featuring former ESPN Sportscenter host Sage Steele and Donald Trump.

Steele has been very outspoken about her political stance and accused ESPN of shutting down conservatives like her, a charge the company denies. So, it wasn’t a shock to see her take pictures with Trump and post them on Instagram. What is a bit shocking is to see Kelce “like” a post featuring Trump knowing his girlfriend’s political leanings.

Although Swift has never publically said where she stands politically, it’s obvious to many that she tends to lean more liberal than conservative.

In fact, many conservatives see Swift and her fans as a threat because they will follow her messaging. The couple was dragged regularly on Fox News and online throughout the NFL season when she showed up to his games.

Despite the Trump post, it seems that Kelce is known to have the same political leanings as Swift. New Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers once accused him of being “woke,” a term used by some conservatives to accuse anyone who promotes diversity, science, or whatever else they decide it means this week.

Kelce has been a huge advocate for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and even became a Pfizer pitchman, encouraging others to get vaccinated, which again didn’t sit well with certain people.

Kelce also appeared in Bud Light commercials when the company was being heavily criticized for backing LGBTQ advocate Dylan Mulvaney.

When a New York Times article during Super Bowl Week said it was Kelce who invented the fade, which was worn for years by African-American men, he immediately slammed the report and wondered why the publication would try to do this to him during Black History Month.

While supporting a post featuring Trump is not a good look, it doesn’t necessarily mean he supports the former President. He might have been supporting Steele, whom he may have crossed paths with when she worked at ESPN.

Everything in his recent past indicates he is not a fan of Trump. But Kelce is not the only athlete accused of being a Trump supporter.

Just a month ago, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was caught in a similar situation when he was seen shaking hands with the former President at a UFC event alongside Trump supporter Nick Bosa.

Burrow has never revealed his political leanings but he did advocate for abortion rights a few years ago, which didn’t sit well with pro-life advocates. And while Burrow meeting Trump made some news at the time, Burrow didn’t face the criticism and backlash Kelce is receiving.

Burrow and Bosa are friends, which could explain why he was seen meeting Trump, but he hasn’t come out to endorse him, or any candidate.

Most celebrities keep their political leanings a secret because they don’t want to hurt their bottom line. After this backlash, you have to wonder if Kelce will now do the same.

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