Taylor Swift breaks career-long political silence by announcing who she will be voting for in upcoming midterm elections

This is the first time Swift has shared her political views, and followers have varied opinions on her announcement

by Asfa Shakeel

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.

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Taylor Swift has come out with her political opinions. (Image source: Instagram/Taylor Swift)

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.

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Taylor Swift attends the BMI Pop Awards on May 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

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.”

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Taylor Swift performs at the Z100’s Jingle Ball 2017 on December 8, 2017 in NYC. (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

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.”

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Singer Taylor Swift is seen in Soho on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)

Fans and other followers had a variety of reactions to Swift’s newfound political consciousness:

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Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2017 DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night Concert. (Source: Getty Images)

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Taylor Swift leaves Lourde’s birthday party at ZZÕs Clam Bar on November 7, 2016 in New York City. (James Devaney/GC Images)

October 9 is the last day to register to vote in the state of Tennessee.

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