- Taylor Swift has opened up about her political views after years of silence
- Pop star attacked Republican woman running for Senate in state of Tennessee
- Swift took exception to her voting record on gay rights and women’s issues
- 28-year-old also encouraged young people to register and vote in November
“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”
Taylor Swift — the pop star who notably has strayed from politics — broke that silence on Sunday, writing on Instagram that she’ll be voting for Tennessee Democrats in the midterm elections.
The pop superstar came out swinging as she vowed to oppose senate candidate Marsha Blackburn over her voting record on women’s rights and LGBTQ rights.
Swift said she refuses to 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.’
Swift, 28, slammed Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn in an Instagram post.
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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! 🗳😃🌈
The 28-year-old took issue with Blackburn voting against gay marriage, supporting business owners who refuse service to gay couples, voting against equal pay laws, and against a bill which aimed to protect women from domestic violence.
‘Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me,’ she wrote, adding: ‘These are not MY Tennessee values.’
Taylor Swift called Republican Marsha Blackburn’s voting record ‘appalling and terrifying’ while vowing to vote for her opponent
She went on: ‘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.’
Instead of Blackburn, Swift endorsed former Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen for Senate and incumbent Jim Cooper for House of Representatives, both Democrats.
Swift, who was born in Pennsylvania, has lived in Nashville, Tennessee, since she was 10 years old.
The Reputation hitmaker also used her platform to urge young people to register to vote and make their voices heard in November.
‘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,’ she wrote.
‘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!’
She added a smiley face emjoi and a rainbow symbol.
Swift wrapped up the North American leg of her Reputation Tour with a concert in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday night.
She’s set to open the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday before heading off Down Under as she takes her Reputation Tour to Australia and New Zealand and then on to Japan.
Swift’s political coming out immediately garnered lots of buzz on Twitter.
Former governor Bredeson tweeted his thanks to the singer for her endorsement, saying: ‘I’m honored to have your support.’
Thank you for the kind words @taylorswift13. I’m honored to have your support and that of so many Tennesseans who are ready to put aside the partisan shouting and get things done. We’re ready for it. Last day to register to vote is October 9. https://t.co/6Xd6YyaJCG pic.twitter.com/CatUBkXPKe
— Phil Bredesen (@PhilBredesen) 8 October 2018
According to a recent Fox News poll, Blackburn was ahead of Bredesen 48 per cent-43 per cent.
Actress and activist Ayssa Milano retweeted Swift’s post and wrote: ‘Taylor Swift Speaks Out Against Anti-Gay Senate Candidate – Thank you, @taylorswift13.’
However, conservative pundit and Trump supporter Charlie Kirk lashed out at Swift in a tweet, saying: ‘You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Your career has never recovered since Kanye ended it.’
The hitmaker also used her platform to urge young people to register to vote and make their voices heard in November
Swift didn’t acknowledge Bredesen’s recent endorsement of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, but said people may never find a candidate or party with whom they agree completely on every issue.
As Swift acknowledged, she usually stays quiet about her beliefs, but in March, the 28-year-old announced on Instagram that she had donated to the Parkland school shooting’s March For Our Lives campaign, just ahead of their DC march against gun violence .
Swift shared the logo for the campaign in her post and captioned it: ‘No one should have to go to school in fear of gun violence. Or to a nightclub. Or to a concert. Or to a movie theater. Or to their place of worship.’
She then added ‘I’ve made a donation to show my support for the students, for the March For Our Lives campaign, for everyone affected by these tragedies, and to support gun reform.’
Internet gawkers predictably reacted with a wide range of praise and snark.
“I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now”
“Oh, ’cause she’s motivated by political consciousness and raising awareness for the candidates of her choice!”
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) 8 October 2018
Taylor Swift comes out as a Dem as Kanye is stumping for Trump. Life comes at you fast https://t.co/8au0Ns5nHH
— Astead (@AsteadWesley) 7 October 2018
Many fans on Twitter seemed thrilled by Swift’s bold move. Others were furious.
Taylor Swift fans shredding conservatives is the content I’ve been dreaming of this week.
— sarah maclean (@sarahmaclean) 8 October 2018
Me stanning Political Taylor Swift pic.twitter.com/WzzVXUix3Q
— No Dana, only Zuul Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) 7 October 2018
Same lol I have always loved her flaws and all. I knew in my heart she didnt support all the alt right crap ppl thiught she did. She is a good person and a savvy businesswoman.
— Anne (@underthestars88) 8 October 2018
@MSwift53 and this. It’s so dumb that I’m this happy right now lol
— Joel Kulasingham (@joelkula) 8 October 2018
What impact could one person have?Let’s see, she sent a letter to Apple and they changed their royalty policy within 24 hours… she has hundreds of millions of followers… thinking she will get a lot of young people interested and voting. #taylorswift #vote
— Paul Revere (@PaulRevere_ALT) 8 October 2018
Hey Taylor Swift – not going to buy another song by you. You do not represent country values. You have sold out to the liberal Hollywood crowd. Enjoy their company. #taylorswift #boycotttaylorswift #rememberthedixiechicks
— The Truth Always Hurts (@RaihlWraihl) 8 October 2018
The Instagram post has had more than a million likes, while users on Twitter used Taylor’s letter as an opportunity to speak on one of her historical foes – Ye (formerly known as Kanye) West.
They remembered Ye’s pledge to run for president.
pic of the 2024 presidential debate stage pic.twitter.com/MGuzsyN70L
— Joe Perticone (@JoePerticone) 8 October 2018
Some expressed confusion at the way the two artists’ political opinions have developed.
If you had told me two years ago Kanye would be running around in a MAGA hat while Taylor Swift was endorsing democratic candidates, I would have smacked you to the ground and stolen your wallet for wasting my time.
— KB (@KaraRBrown) 8 October 2018
And others threw back to that infamous moment at the 2009 MTV VMAs.
Taylor Swift just took the mic from Kanye.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) 8 October 2018
Taylor’s comments came the day after Kanye once again deleted his social media profiles.