Pop star Taylor Swift on Sunday broke her career-long silence on politics to endorse former Democratic Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen over Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnDem super PAC won’t back Bredesen after his backing of Kavanaugh Poll: GOP’s Blackburn leads Democrat Bredesen by 5 points in Tennessee Senate race Election Countdown: Dems raising millions in fight for House | Trump attacks potential challengers | GOP finalizes 2020 convention plans | Dems see Kavanaugh fight driving women voters to the polls | Bloomberg spending big for Senate Dems MORE (R) within the state’s Senate race.
In an Instagram put up, Swift wrote that Blackburn’s voting report “appalls and terrifies” her.
“As a lot as I’ve prior to now and want to proceed voting for girls in workplace, I can not assist Marsha Blackburn,” Swift wrote. “I will probably be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim CooperJames (Jim) Hayes Shofner CooperOn The Money: House passes 4B spending bill to avert shutdown | Trump ‘not happy’ after Fed’s latest rate hike | Trump says he refused meeting with Trudeau House lawmakers introduce bill to ensure Congress plays central role in tariff decisions Senate emerges as obstacle to Trump’s ‘Space Force’ MORE for Home of Representatives.”
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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!
The Prepare dinner Political Report charges the Bredesen-Blackburn race to switch retiring Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump, GOP aim to weaponize Kavanaugh vote ahead of November Ex-GOP lawmaker: ‘There is no moderate wing of the Republican Party’ Liberal group cuts support for Dems Manchin, Bredesen over Kavanaugh MORE (R) as a “toss-up.” A latest ballot confirmed Blackburn leading Bredesen by 5 points.
Swift additionally listed her stance on quite a lot of political points, together with assist for LGBTQ rights and condemning racism.
“I all the time have and all the time will solid my vote primarily based on which candidate will shield and battle for the human rights I consider all of us deserve on this nation,” Swift wrote. “I consider within the battle for LGBTQ rights, and that any type of discrimination primarily based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I consider that the systemic racism we nonetheless see on this nation in the direction of folks of coloration is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”
“I can not vote for somebody who is not going to be prepared to battle for dignity for ALL Individuals, regardless of their pores and skin coloration, gender or who they love,” she added.
The singer has lengthy stayed silent on her political beliefs, solely vaguely alluding to them on social media. Earlier this yr, she expressed support for the March For Our Lives anti-gun violence motion.
In her put up on Sunday, Swift additionally urged her followers to register to vote, telling them to “educate your self on the candidates working in your state and vote primarily based on who most carefully represents your values.”
“So many clever, considerate, self-possessed folks have turned 18 prior to now two years and now have the proper and privilege to make their vote depend,” she added.