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Monday, 8 October 2018

Taylor Swift gets political, endorses Tennessee Democrats Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper


Taylor Swift, shown here at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, made her strongest political message yet in endorsing two Tennessee Democrats. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
Taylor Swift spoke now.
The pop star, long attacked for staying silent politically, endorsed two Tennessee Democrats late Sunday: Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for the House.
“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,” Swift wrote on Instagram.
“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.”
Bredesen thanked Swift for her support in a follow-up Tweet and said he was “honored” that “so many Tennesseans...are ready to put aside the partisan shouting and get things done.”
The 28-year-old “Delicate” singer didn’t specify why she’s been reluctant to speak out before, but her endorsement of Bredesen and Cooper are her loudest political messages in her lengthy career.
In March, she shared an anti-gun violence March for Our Lives message after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and she shared a photo of herself in the poll booth line last November, but kept her voting record a carefully kept secret for the former country singer who has made it a mission to keep her personal life personal.
“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,” Swift wrote.
“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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