A "Fox & Friends" guest tells the pop star to "stay away from politics" while Morgan criticizes Swift for giving into "Twitter mob."
That didn't take long!
Fox News and Piers Morgan are already coming after Taylor Swift for finally deciding to take a political stance by publicly backing Tennessee's Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen over Republican Senator Marsha Blacburn, as well as supporting Democrat Jim Cooper for House of Representatives in the state election she plans to vote in.
"Her Instagram post last night attacking Republican senate candidate Marsha Blackburn read like a Democrat press release, and absolutely nothing like Taylor Swift’s own voice as anyone who studies her previous posts could confirm. I groaned out loud when I read it," Morgan wrote in a Daily Mail op-ed published Monday. "There was something laudable and valiant about a major star declining to join the rush to join the self-styled 'rage resistance.' Now, she’s all in."
The former CNN anchor firmly believes Swift came out in favor of Democratic candidates because the "howling Twitter mob hammered her into submission," referenced plenty of criticism hurled at her over the years for keeping her political views private while other stars used their platform to promote candidates they believed in.
In her message to fans on Sunday night, however, Swift said otherwise.
"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," she wrote on Instagram. "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," she continued. "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."
"Fox & Friends" was quick to put her on blast for taking a stance against a conservative, and it's far from the first time Fox News has dedicated a segment to criticizing a celebrity championing any cause that does not align with the conservative values the cable news network regularly trumpets to viewers. Guest Charlie Kirk -- the Turning Point USA founder who has become a fan of Kanye West since the rapper came out in support of President Donald Trump -- told the pop star to "stay away from politics." It's not a new strategy for the conservative cable news network, which
"I don't think she was the only one who wrote that post on Instagram. She probably got some very bad information," he theorized while talking to Steve Doocy. "So look Taylor Swift, I love your music. Personally, Kanye West, I’m a bigger fan of his. I wish you would have not done this. Stay away from politics."
And conservative politician Mike Huckabee -- also a frequent Fox News guest, and father of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders -- weighed in with this tweet:
There were no shortage of people pointing out how dumb Huckabee's analysis was.
35 years old Taylor Swift fan voting here!— Brittany 💖 TS7 SS Wannabe 🤞🤞🤞 (@Britjacinda) October 8, 2018
Im a 34 year old Taylor Swift fan. I like this new, alternate timeline.— From_the_backburner (@JosephCianos) October 8, 2018
If you have ever been to a Taylor swift concert which I highly doubt then you would know that the majority of the crowd are 18+— Áine (@irishmagicswift) October 8, 2018