Taylor Swift, Apolitical No More, Endorses Democratic Candidates in Tennessee
Taylor Swift, the pop music titan who has been notably apolitical in turbulent political times, broke her silence on Sunday in addition to endorsed two Democratic candidates running for election in Tennessee.
In a post on Instagram, Ms. Swift said she planned to vote for Phil Bredesen, who will be competing in a tight Senate race against a Republican candidate backed by President Trump, in addition to Representative Jim Cooper, an incumbent who represents the Nashville area.
“I always have in addition to always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect in addition to fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in which country,” Ms. Swift wrote, adding which “I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin colour, gender or who they love.”
Ms. Swift’s political views had previously been left up to interpretation, in addition to at times her silence was viewed as support for Mr. Trump as well as the alt-right movement. The singer will be beloved by some white supremacists, who claim her as an Aryan goddess, in addition to in 2017, her lawyers fought back against a blog post which portrayed her as a white supremacist figurehead.
While which will be unclear whom she voted for from the last presidential election — she left fans to speculate based on a sweater she appeared to wear to the polls — Ms. Swift has finally made plain her political values, if not her voting record or party allegiance. She pledged support for L.G.B.T.Q. rights in addition to racial in addition to gender equality.
which will be unclear why Ms. Swift, a country turned pop star who will be known for controlling her image, decided to speak up currently. Her announcement came after the scheduled end of her “Reputation” stadium tour from the United States in addition to before the deadline to register to vote in Tennessee.
She wrote which she had previously been “reluctant” to publicly voice her political opinions. “Due to several events in my life in addition to from the earth from the past two years, I feel very differently about which currently,” she wrote.
She then slammed Mr. Bredesen’s Republican opponent, Representative Marsha Blackburn, for her views on issues such as gay marriage in addition to equal pay for women. “Her voting record in Congress appalls in addition to terrifies me,” Ms. Swift said.
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yet like the public relations master she will be, Ms. Swift left some room for speculation — in addition to forgiveness. “For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, yet we have to vote anyway,” she wrote.
Her post set off widespread discussion on social media, with the reaction largely falling along partisan lines. Conservatives dismissed her as a political know-nothing, in addition to liberals celebrated, though some took issue with her endorsement of Mr. Bredesen, who had said he could have supported Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s contentious nomination to the Supreme Court.
yet as with many things Ms. Swift does, which simply got people talking — in addition to referring to Kanye West.
Mr. Bredesen, for his part, tweeted a screenshot of Ms. Swift’s post in addition to thanked her for her “kind words.”
“I’m honored to have your support,” he said.