The singer has stayed out of politics so completely, no one knew if she was liberal, conservative or something else, but there is no doubt about it now.
After years of silence and growing frustration from her loyal fanbase, Taylor Swift has finally spoken up about her political views by endorsing a Senatorial candidate in her home state of Tennessee.
More specifically, Swift is patently not endorsing Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn, per a scathing Instagram post that went up late Sunday night, just after she'd wrapped her US tour. Blackburn is one of the two candidates running to fill the seat currently held by Sen. Bob Corker.
Swift savaged Blackburn's Congressional voting record, 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 businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry."
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! 🗳😃🌈
Swift said that Blackburn's record "appalls and terrifies" her. "These are not MY Tennessee values," she writes, throwing her endorsement behind Blackburn's opponent, Democrat Phil Bredesen. Bredesen is currently losing 50-42 in a recent poll, as detailed by The Hollywood Reporter.
Swift explained why she chose to speak up now after all these years. "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."
And while she is voting Democrat next month, she explained that for her it's about which candidate agrees with her personal values and will fight for human rights.
"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 urged her fans to educate themselves about the candidates in their own states, rather than relying on party affiliations, and get registered to vote.
Bredesen tweeted his thanks for Swift's support, while the Twittersphere blew up that she'd even come out in support of or against anything politically. Blackburn has not commented.
Will this usher in a new era of a more outspoken Taylor Swift? And what of her fans, many who are shocked at her more liberal leanings, considering her roots in country music. More than one commented how odd it is to think of Kanye West supporting Trump, while Taylor leans left.
And while it seems the majority of Twitter was here for Taylor's declaration, some of her more conservative fanbase was definitely more than a little upset. But don't worry, her supporters dumped on them, too. Below are some of the more surprised and passionate reactions from her fanbase.
If you had told me two years ago Kanye would be running around in a MAGA hat while Taylor Swift was endorsing democratic candidates, I would have smacked you to the ground and stolen your wallet for wasting my time.— KB (@KaraRBrown) October 8, 2018
conservatives when they saw taylor swift’s post after she took all their coins pic.twitter.com/F9qNZepnX7— roxane ❄️ (@swifthargitay) October 8, 2018
Someone should probably start a support group for those of us who originally picked the wrong side of the Kanye/Taylor Swift debate.— Kashana (@kashanacauley) October 8, 2018
Hey @taylorswift13 -— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) October 8, 2018
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
Dear GOP,— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) 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
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
Do you know how bad it has to be for Taylor Swift to get political?— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) October 8, 2018
Taylor Swift just took the mic from Kanye.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) October 8, 2018
"Taylor Swift" I use to like her , but not anymore two thumbs down 👎 👎 pic.twitter.com/dzrj59pPZx— imshaunsee (@imshaunsee1) October 8, 2018
This was her plan all along. Taylor Swift said YEET HAW pic.twitter.com/wZ4xrBDTOY— ً (@scammerswift) October 8, 2018
"Your career has never recovered since Kanye ended it"— Ali Mohamed (@Aliimuhamedd) October 8, 2018
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Sure, Jan. https://t.co/zvgtKVtwyt
they gave her their money and now they are breathing in carcinogen. the devil works hard but taylor swift works harder. pic.twitter.com/bLyjpd8qs1— meg (gemini) (@andswiftruns) October 8, 2018
Conservatives: bad move Taylor Swift, your career is over.— Daniel (@danko89) October 8, 2018
Taylor Swift: pic.twitter.com/k6RUkgjgAD
The only thing worse than Taylor Swift offering political commentary is adults acting like her opinion matters.— Michael Berry (@MichaelBerrySho) October 8, 2018
So Taylor Swift just proved herself to be far from a feminazi, & became one of the only celebrities to properly justify her vote without insulting & baseless remarks. If the 'hate Taylor Swift' culture is prevalent after all of this, the problem is YOU. Respect her name from now.— Aadhar (@FCAadhar) October 8, 2018
Good for Taylor Swift. If you think being a progressive of any stripe is easy within country music, think about the last time country radio played the Dixie Chicks. Mazel tov Taylor. https://t.co/NuCS9N5Hxw— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) October 8, 2018
facebook republicans are losing their minds over taylor swift taking a political stance— shy dannie (@bojackchavez) October 8, 2018
‘I’m disgusted I let my daughter go to your concert Friday!’ pic.twitter.com/86IckgFpCm
Taylor Swift’s statement really couldn’t have been less offensive. She didn’t attack anyone. All she did was state who she’s voting for, why, and encourage fans to vote for politicians who allign with their morals. Y’all love freedom of speech til it disagrees with you— Rachel 🥀 (@13swift1989) October 8, 2018
people: taylor swift should use her platform to speak about her stand on politics. she has a huge following and every voice counts.— es say (@comemorninglyt) October 8, 2018
also people: taylor swift should have just stayed out of politics. her fans aren't even old enough to vote and her voice doesn't matter anyway. pic.twitter.com/lYo91NTDNG
Taylor Swift waited until her US tour was over to announce her political affiliation and that’s a sneaky bitch I can get behind pic.twitter.com/VbyGJK7T8j— Marissa (@marissacrenwlge) October 8, 2018
the most famous rapper is white, the most famous golfer is black. kanye wears a MAGA hat, and taylor swift just joined the resistance. i think it’s officially time to retire all preconceived notions about everything.— pony starwars (@tigersgoroooar) October 8, 2018
"Taylor Swift is a celebrity. She should not be voicing her political opinions. She needs to just shut up and sing."— Rachel 🥀 (@13swift1989) October 8, 2018
- the same people who put a celebrity in the White House
Everyone on Twitter: “I don’t care about Taylor Swift or anything she says.”— Liffy2184 (@Liffy2184) October 8, 2018
Announcement: “Taylor Swift has given her political stance”
All of Twitter: pic.twitter.com/uZTWmd1MXC
I can't wait to see videos of barefoot conservatives who already burned their Nikes breaking all their Taylor Swift CDs.— JRehling (@JRehling) October 8, 2018
Taylor Swift: *politically silent*— Laura Shortridge (@DiscordianKitty) October 8, 2018
Twitter: Cowardly bitch when you gonna take a stand
Taylor Swift: *finally speaks out to endorse Democrats*
Twitter: Too little too late bitch
How about this one time you don't be complete assholes to someone who's finally trying.
Taylor Swift isn’t supposed to have an opinion because she’s a celebrity, but you have no problem supporting Kanye’s opinions of Trump. Republicans, you are truly America’s favorite hypocrite.— KC💕 (@kceegee3) October 8, 2018
The Black Delegation would like to trade Kanye West for Taylor Swift. pic.twitter.com/PXkxevsdKS— HoustonPA (@H0ustonPa) October 8, 2018
Now y’all praising Taylor Swift after years of calling her down but some of us can’t relate because we see real queens from the beginning pic.twitter.com/dmyuSB5QGW— Brandon Cotton (@MrBrandonCotton) October 8, 2018
I am immensely proud of Taylor Swift. She did not want to share her beliefs originally, but she is now exercising her American right to give her opinion bc she wants to do the right thing. She knew she’d get backlash. But no matter what we have every reason to be proud— Rachel 🥀 (@13swift1989) October 8, 2018
every right-wing grifter on here who was talking about drinking lib tears yesterday is now fucking furious about Taylor Swift endorsing a man with the same politics as Lisa Murkowski. it absolutely owns that these people will never be happy— Paul Blest (@pblest) October 8, 2018
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