This is Why Taylor Swift Posted About Politics
Taylor Swift typically leaves politics off her agenda, but two events may have shifted her approach. In the wake of the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation, Swift make an exclamatory declaration on her Instagram. She started her post: “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.”
What else did Swift say, but more importantly–why did she make a statement after keeping her politics close to the vest for so long?
Swift believes in rights for all Americans
She made it perfectly clear she supports candidates who back rights for all citizens. “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,” she posted. Adding she, “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.”
Swift is so done with Marsha Blackburn
Swift didn’t mince words announcing who she is not supporting. “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.”
Swift adds that Blackburn, “voted against equal pay for women.” Plus Blackburn 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.”
This is who she supports
She stated her support for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Swift added in her post, “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.”
These events prompted the political rant
Two specific events may have triggered her stance. As Time Magazine‘s “Person of the Year” she broke her silence on sexual harassment, so the Kavanaugh confirmation may have been Swift’s breaking point. In 2013, DJ David Mueller sexually assaulted Swift. Although she reported it, she was demonized and even doubted for speaking out.
The second incident may be from her longstanding squabble with Kanye West (and now his wife, Kim Kardashian). Kardashian called Swift a snake to which she discussed during a spring tour. “A couple of years ago, someone called me a snake on social media, and it caught on,” she said, CNN reports. “Then, a lot of people were calling me a lot of things on social media. And I went through some really low times for awhile because of it. I went through some times when I didn’t know if I was going to get to do this anymore.” West makes it clear he supports Trump.
She ends her post on this note
“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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