Taylor Swift Is Unapologetically A Democrat, Says ‘We Need to Stick Together’ In 2020

Politics can be a difficult issue for many celebrities to tackle — sometimes it hurts their careers and it can even hurt the candidates in question. No one knows this conundrum better than singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, but now, she’s speaking out. Here’s Swift’s latest message for Democrats.

Taylor Swift stayed away from politics in the past

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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!

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Swift didn’t speak about politics overtly for much of her career. In fact, it wasn’t really until the fall of last year when she began to speak up in a public space. Swift took to her social media channels in Fall 2018 to encourage her followers to vote as well as sharing her preferred candidates in her home state of Tennessee.

The second song off her latest album, Lover, had a message to it: Support for the LGBTQ+ community. When Swift released “You Need to Calm Down,” she made it clear that, at least as far as that one issue goes, she’s a Democrat.

Swift didn’t know she was an emblem for white supremacists

Taylor Swift at the 2019 MTV VMAs on August 26, 2019
Taylor Swift at the 2019 MTV VMAs on August 26, 2019 | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/WireImage

For a while there, white supremacists used Swift’s image to represent there cause. Swift says she “didn’t hear about that until after it happened” because she was staying away from social media and the news at the time. But she’s happy that’s (hopefully) cleared up now.

“I didn’t even see that, but, like, if that happened, that’s just disgusting. There’s literally nothing worse than white supremacy. It’s repulsive. There should be no place for it,” she told Rolling Stone recently.

What is ‘Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince’ about?

Swift loves to hide messages in her songs. One such track is “Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince.” She says she penned it “a couple of months after midterm elections,” adding, “I wanted to take the idea of politics and pick a metaphorical place for that to exist.”

“It’s about the illusions of what I thought America was before our political landscape took this turn, and that naivete that we used to have about it. And it’s also the idea of people who live in America, who just want to live their lives, make a living, have a family, love who they love, and watching those people lose their rights, or watching those people feel not at home in their home,” she continued.

Here’s who she would have endorsed in the 2016 election

When Swift was interviewed by Vogue this year, she explained why she stayed out of the race. “Unfortunately in the 2016 election you had a political opponent who was weaponizing the idea of the celebrity endorsement,” she said of Trump. “I just knew I wasn’t going to help.”

In fact, there were a lot of similarities between what people said about Swift and her own choice for president that year, Hillary Clinton. “Would I be an endorsement or would I be a liability? Look, snakes of a feather flock together. Look, the two lying women. The two nasty women,” she said.

Swift’s advice for Democrats now

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HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!!! While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally. In excellent recent news, the House has passed the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their places of work, homes, schools, and other public accommodations. The next step is that the bill will go before the Senate. I’ve decided to kick off Pride Month by writing a letter to one of my senators to explain how strongly I feel that the Equality Act should be passed. I urge you to write to your senators too. I’ll be looking for your letters by searching the hashtag #lettertomysenator. While there’s no information yet as to when the Equality Act will go before the Senate for a vote, we do know this: Politicians need votes to stay in office. Votes come from the people. Pressure from massive amounts of people is a major way to push politicians towards positive change. That’s why I’ve created a petition at change.org to urge the Senate to support the Equality Act. Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic. The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable. Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally. Click the link in my bio to sign the petition for Senate support of the Equality Act.

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There’s just little over a year ahead of the 2020 Presidential Election. Swift thinks Democrats “need to be more of a team,” saying, “If we’re going to do anything to change what’s happening, we need to stick together.

“We need to stop dissecting why someone’s on our side or if they’re on our side in the right way or if they phrased it correctly.” She continued, “We need to not have the right kind of Democrat and the wrong kind of Democrat. We need to just be like, ‘You’re a Democrat? Sick. Get in the car. We’re going to the mall.'”