In a major departure from tradition, Taylor Swift took to social media to share her political views and announce the candidate she will vote for in the upcoming midterm elections.
Swift has historically remained silent about her political thoughts, saying in past interviews that she did not feel as though her position justified her shaping people’s political views. She got a lot of heat for this during the 2016 elections in particular, when she stayed moot on Donald Trump’s campaign.
She wrote on Instagram, “I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee.”
Referencing Trump’s presidency and her sexual harassment trial, she added, “In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and 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,” she added.
Announcing her political views to the nation, Swift wrote:
“I believe in the right for LGBTQ right, and that any discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systematic racism we still see in this country against people of color is 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.”
Addressing the Marsha Blackburn’s campaign, she said, ” 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.”
Swift then went on to list some of Blackburn’s contentious beliefs, writing, “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 business have a right to refuse services to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. There are not MY Tennessee values.”
She further went on to announce her choice of candidate and implore her fans to get educated and vote, saying, “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 you 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.”
Fans and other followers had a variety of reactions to Swift’s newfound political consciousness:
Taylor Swift just came out to the world as a decent human being who cares about:
— Racial Justice 👊🏾
— LGBTQ Equality 🏳️🌈
— Women’s Rights 💁♀️
And that she will be voting for Democrats in the midterms & encouraged her millions of fans to vote too. Thank you @taylorswift13.
— Ryan Knight 🌊 (@ProudResister) October 8, 2018
Person: what’s your favorite Taylor Swift song?
— Logan Leavitt (@LoganLeavitt) October 8, 2018
You attack women, and they will fight back ten times stronger.
One of the most popular entertainers on the planet, Taylor Swift, just broke her career-long silence about politics to announce that she's voting for Democrats this election.
Thank you @taylorswift13
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) October 8, 2018
Taylor Swift cares more about black people than Kanye West and now I need to lay down because I got a headache just from tweeting that.
— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) October 8, 2018
Worth remembering that Taylor Swift sued a DJ who groped her back in 2013.
He said she was lying.
She won the case last year, suing for a symbolic $1.
Have to assume GOP confirming Kavanaugh is directly related to her publicly supporting the Democratic Senate Nominee in TN.
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) October 8, 2018
I think we can collectively agree that the whole world owes Taylor Swift an apology.
— anu (@redligion) October 8, 2018
So… Kanye is MAGA and Taylor Swift is endorsing Democrats in TN. This screening of Interstellar 2 is fascinating. Buy a lottery ticket. Anything is possible in this timeline.
— roxane gay (@rgay) October 8, 2018
On the heels of @taylorswift13 feeling the need to, as all Hollywood elitists do, use black people and minorities as pawns to brainwash people into doing their bidding— I would like come out to Tennessee and campaign for @MarshaBlackburn.
Marsha, let’s do this! #MAGA
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) October 8, 2018
Hey @taylorswift13 –
You just endorsed a Democrat in the Tennessee senate race with a ridiculous statement saying Marsha Blackburn, a woman, is against women
You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about
Your career has never recovered since Kanye ended it
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) October 8, 2018
The only thing worse than Taylor Swift offering political commentary is adults acting like her opinion matters.
— Michael Berry (@MichaelBerrySho) October 8, 2018
October 9 is the last day to register to vote in the state of Tennessee.