After years of staying frustratingly silent about her political views, Taylor Swift suddenly announced via Instagram that she opposed Tennessee Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn over her voting record on women’s and gay 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.’
She 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.’
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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! 🗳😃🌈
A brave move considering most of her fans are probably MAGA Tumpanzees.
Swift then urged her fans to register and VOTE to 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!’
Her sudden political wokeness was greeted with elation by many on social media.
One person who wasn’t happy, though? President Tump who fired back at Swift, saying the country star…
‘…doesn’t know anything’ about the Republican she attacked on Sunday.
‘Blackburn is doing a very good job in Tennessee. She’s leading now substantially, which is good. She’s a tremendous woman.’
‘I’m sure Taylor Swift has nothing, or doesn’t know anything about her. And let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25 per cent less now, okay?’
I think I might her 25% more, so I guess its a wash.
(via Daily Mail; Photos: MediaPunch)