Shake it up

In a first, Taylor Swift endorses Democratic candidates running in midterm elections

Singer/songwriter Taylor Swift attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards 2018 at the MGM Grand Resort International on May 20, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada (LISA O'CONNOR/AFP/Getty Images)

Taylor Swift has faced pressure in the past for keeping quiet about her political leanings, though some believe she made a very subtle endorsement ahead of the 2016 presidential election. So it came as a surprise when the pop superstar decided to shake it up and very publicly endorsed two Tennessee Democratic candidates this weekend, and her get-out-the vote effort has had an immediate impact. According to Vote.org, almost 65,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 registered to vote in the 24-hour period following her endorsement, CNBC reported.

As The Associated Press reports, Swift took to Instagram Sunday night to announce that she will be voting for Phil Bredesen, who is running for the U.S. Senate, and Jim Cooper, who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives, in the November midterm elections.

“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,” she wrote. “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 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.”

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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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Swift goes on to say that though she tries to support women running for political office, she will not be voting for Marsha Blackburn, a Republican congresswoman who opposes gay rights and voted against the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

“Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me,” Swift wrote.

Though she had previously kept silent about her political affiliations, Swift has been credited as being one of the “silence breakers” who encouraged women to speak out about sexual harassment and assault. Last year, she testified in a lawsuit against a former radio host whom she says groped her before a concert. Swift won the lawsuit.

In her post, Swift encouraged her followers to make their voices heard by registering to vote this week.

“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,” she wrote. “So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right.” Not surprisingly, when President Trump was informed by news reporters of Swift’s endorsements, he had a very Trump-like response.

“I’m sure Taylor Swift doesn’t know anything about her [Marsha Blackburn],” the president declared, adding.  “Let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25 percent less now.” Watch his remarks below.

Read the full story at The Associated Press and CNBC.

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