It wasn’t that long ago that Taylor Swift was criticized by the left for refusing to get political in the age of Donald Trump. Many people and outlets criticized the pop singer for not condemning the actions of Donald Trump and other Republicans during the last election cycle, so much so that her refusal to interject in hot-button political matters became a meme. Well, it looks like Taylor’s political indifference is over because earlier today she took to Instagram in order to slam Tennessee Republican Senate Nominee Marsha Blackburn in support of Democrats.
In a lengthy post, Swift finally broke her silence on politics to explain why she is supporting Democratic Nominee Democrat Phil Bredesen for the Senate.
I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.
I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.
So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting!
Taylor political post may feel like a punch in the gut to many of her fans who supported her and her refusal to talk about politics in the past but this is not the first time she has endorsed Democrat causes this year. Back in July, Swift donated to the Democrat-led March For Our Lives campaign for gun control with the full amount donated not being disclosed. It is also worth noting that Taylor waited until the day after the final date of her US tour (Last night in Dallas) before making this announcement so her political stance wouldn’t affect her ticket sales.
According to CBS News, Blackburn (R) currently holds an 8 point lead in her Senate race.
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