Taylor Swift had a successful night at the 2018 American Music Awards. The singer took home top honors at the event after being named Artist of the Year, but her acceptance speech is getting more buzz than the award. After giving a rousing talk, Swift got political by offering some friendly words of advice — which did not sit well with President Donald Trump.
Rocking a shiny silver mini-dress, Swift told viewers that they need to get out and vote in the midterm elections. A few days ago, Swift endorsed a couple of Democrats running for office in Tennessee, which made her political affiliations clear.
The comments also come after inside sources told Radar Online that AMA producers asked Swift to avoid any political talk during the event.
“Get out and vote, I love you guys,” Swift said on stage after winning the award.
Shortly after Swift’s speech, Trump was asked what he thought about her comments. Trump admitted that he likes her music around “25 percent less” after the speech. Other Republicans have also slammed Swift on social media, as well as fans who said they would rather not see artists get political during an award ceremony.
Despite the backlash, Swift has not backed down on her comments.
Swift normally does not involve herself in politics, but the past two years has inspired her to get involved. This past weekend, Swift endorsed two Tennessee Democrats on social media. Political workers in the state say that the endorsement has increased voter registration in the state as well as across the country.
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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! ???
In addition to supporting several candidates, Swift also bashed Republican Marsha Blackburn because of how she has voted on the issue of gender equality.
In response to Taylor Swift’s criticism, Trump praised Blackburn for her work in Tennessee and blasted the singer for not “knowing anything about her.”