Taylor Swift Goes Political in #TNSen, Bashes Marsha Blackburn

The country singer-turned-pop star abandoned her no-politics rule to endorse Marsha Blackburn's opponent in #TNSen.

Conservative Swifties will be heartily disappointed in Taylor Swift. The usually non-political country singer-turned- pop star has taken an opportunity to insert herself into the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee. Up on Instagram, Swift posted the following message in support of Marsha Blackburn's opponent, former Governor Phil Bredesen (D-TN):

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! 🗳😃🌈

This isn't the first time Swift has taken a Hollywood-like stance on political issues. She also donated to March for Our Lives earlier this year.

Did she realize that the candidate she endorsed said he would have supported Brett Kavanaugh for SCOTUS? Guess she didn't get the memo. Whoops.

Both Congresswomen Blackburn and Diane Black (R-TN) held political fundraisers at Swift's concert in 2015. The former has been a past champion for singer-songwriter right protections for country musicians that usually draw immense support from Democrats.

Will this alienate Swift's base? Will she be viewed in a different light? Personally, I prefer other country singers and performers to Swift.

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cjmcd
cjmcd

Who is ms. swift? She seems to be an airhead who made a few bucks singing and dancing while saying nasty things about others. Does that about cover it? I cannot imagine anyone but other airheads care a wit for her thoughts or enlarged ego.

rmerritt
rmerritt

I doubt very seriously that Taylor Swift even knows what the 3 branches of government are.

Wayne_Peterkin
Wayne_Peterkin

While Taylor Swift is certainly entitled to her personal political opinions, I get tired of celebrities who seem to think they are of higher intellect that everyone else and think their opinions have more validity than others. I would argue, strongly, that Swift is wrong and simply looking for acceptance from others in her generally left-wing entertainment industry.

MittenTom
MittenTom

Marsha Blackburn promises to provide all of her constituents full access to Constitutional protections.

Clodagh
Clodagh

'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,...' Come on, Taylor, you're caving to Hollywood. What's disappointing is that Swift has a lot of money and power but is pressured into becoming that 'relevant' entertainer. Meh. (Where is Hollywood when it comes to the Constitution? The only items on their radar are gay/LGBT????/women/black lives rights. Is that it? Are these the issues that truly concern them? Pathetic