Taylor Swift Breaks Political Silence


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Taylor Swift is notoriously private when it comes to her political affiliations, but the Look What You Made Me Do singer broke her silence over the weekend in a lengthy Instagram post.

Swift delved in the political fray by slamming a Republican candidate and pledging her support for Tennessee’s Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Phil Bredesen.

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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! 🗳😃🌈

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Posting a polaroid snapshot of herself, Taylor broke her political silence sharing, “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 last 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.”

After affirming her belief in equal rights for LGBTQ and the need to end discrimination against people based on their sex, sexual orientation and skin color, Swift went on to slam Tennessee Republican candidate, Marsha Blackburn, writing, “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,” Swift shared with her 112 million Instagram followers. “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 the right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry.”

After informing her Instagram followers those are not “MY Tennessee values,” Swift went on to pledge her support for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives.

Swift ended her post by urging everyone to get out and vote, writing, “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.”


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