Following Taylor Swift’s decision to begin speaking about politics, many publications and celebrities praised Taylor and her recent choice to support a Democratic candidate in opposition to a Republican Senator. On Monday, even Donald Trump gave his opinion on Taylor Swift’s recent remarks.
As most of the singer’s fans know, she almost never speaks about politics in the press. In fact, celebrities such as Katy Perry have taken her to task for not talking about it, especially following the election of Donald Trump in 2016.
But on Sunday, Taylor took to her Instagram account to talk about the mid-terms coming up on the 6th of November in the state of Tennessee. On her Instagram, she said she has been “reluctant” to speak about politics thus far in her career, however a few experiences in her life led her down the political path.
Check out her post below:
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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! ???
When a reporter asked Trump about Taylor’s comments today, the president said, “Let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25% less now, Ok?”
Before, Trump had spoken positively about Taylor Swift, including in 2012, when he referred to her talents as being “fantastic” and “terrific.” In her post, the country-turned-pop-star said she’ll be supporting a former Tennessee governor, Bredesen, rather than Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn.
Swift claims that Marsha’s past votes have “appalled and terrified” her. While many individuals liked her comments, some of her more conservative fans weren’t pleased.
One conservative to disagree with the singer was Charlie Kirk, the founder of the non-profit student organization, Turning Point, who said on the Fox News Network on Monday that he liked Taylor when she “wasn’t political.”
Other celebrities to like her message includes Blake Lively, Katy Perry, and George Takei. Takei wrote on Twitter that things have become so severe in American politics that even Taylor Swift had to say something.
As you may know, this all comes on the heels of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination in the Supreme Court following accusations of sexual assault from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.