Taylor Swift has always been silent about her political leanings. Apparently she didn’t want to offend any of her rabid fans. But she’s now breaking her silence and putting her full support behind Democrats in a couple of Tennessee races this year. She posted her very first political message on Instagram earlier today. The first candidate she mentioned was former Democratic Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen who is running against Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) in the state’s Senate race. She said that Blackburn’s voting record was nothing short of racist and homophobic and thus she would be voting for Bredesen because of it.
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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 recent Fox News poll has Blackburn leading Bredesen by 5 points and Swift wants to see if she can turn things around for the Democrat. She correctly says that discrimination and racism are not values that the people of Tennessee should be in support of. She asks her fans to educate themselves, get registered, then go out and vote. She also mentioned that there have been a lot of “intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people who have turned 18 in the past two years” and that they have the right to make their vote count.
Swift also said that she would be supporting Democrat Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives. It is really big news when one of the most popular entertainers on the planet comes out in support of a political candidate, especially when she’s never made her political beliefs public before. It let’s her fans know how important this next election really is. Hopefully with her support her fans can make the expected big blue wave even bigger.
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