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On Sunday, Taylor Swift did something that she’s never done before: she used her popstar platform to promote a political candidate, specifically the Democrat running for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee, Phil Bredesen, who could use the help after falling behind in the polls and angering his fellow left-wingers. On Monday, President Trump had some fun with his response to Swift getting political.

In an Instagram post on Sunday, Swift said she was voting for Bredesen over Republican Marsha Blackburn because her voting record “appalls and terrifies me.” In her statement, the singer painted Blackburn as anti-LGBT and anti-woman. She did not address Bredesen announcing to his fellow Democrats’ dismay that he would have voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh — an announcement that got him swiftly un-endorsed by MoveOn.org.

“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 (full post below).

“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. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives.”

Asked about her comments on the White House’s South Lawn on Monday, Trump said he believes Blackburn is “doing a very good job in Tennessee” and suspects that Swift doesn’t know much about her.

“I’m sure Taylor Swift has nothing — or doesn’t know anything about her,” he said, CNN reports.

“Let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25% less now, OK?” he added with a laugh.

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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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10 Comments

  1. John F

    October 10, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Taylor really isn’t all that Swift! She may have just alienated part of her fan base! Maybe she doesn’t need their money? I’m not a fan of Blackburn myself! But she has 2 things going for her, 1: she’s a Republican – and we badly need to keep the majority! 2: Trump supports her – and apparently, vice-verse! Taylor, I hope your voting day IS happy! I also hope Tennessee’s voters severely disappoint you!

  2. James Kelly

    October 10, 2018 at 12:37 am

    Shut up and sing, that’s what we pay you for.

    • Marlitt Arnouville

      October 10, 2018 at 5:21 am

      Amen!

  3. Laurie

    October 10, 2018 at 12:50 am

    She’s a bazillionaire by now, so doesn’t care at all if she alienates half her fan base. I’ve never spent a dime on her as I think her propensity to take a new lover every month or so is just gross. As far as I’m concerned, she’s just a silly little air-headed pop princess that has a few catchy songs.

  4. EfCyEs

    October 10, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Just sing baby, nobody needs your political opinion, they are hopeless and useless.

  5. dostaboy

    October 10, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Like most entertainers, she’s irrelevant.

  6. Sam

    October 11, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Is it true this has encouraged more Republicans to register? I can not believe she supports the Democratic practices. Independents are disappointed too, she has lost her way. She should encourage self reliance not government control and the Democrats plan to become a socialist society.

  7. Lynn Thurber

    October 11, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    I agree with everyone!
    In the beginning, I liked her and some of her music.
    But when she went overboard in writing songs about past boyfriends, I thought it was a little ridiculous and immature!
    Then when it was quite obvious that she went thru boys and men like water, a new one every month, I totally disapproved of her! She came out as a very, very young
    woman and so came the responsibility of being a role model, because her fan base is very young girls up to teenagers!
    I don’t care if she’s Republican or Democrst, but I don’t like people to shove their opinions down my throat!
    Americans usually keep their voting preference to themselves and just because Swift is an entertainer, she knows she can have a political spotlight and spreads HER beliefs to the voting teenagers who think she is politically correct in all she says and shoving it down the throats of the rest of us!
    I say, keep singing Swift.. That’s what we pay you for!
    To be entertained, not hear your political ranting of issues you don’t even know about! You haven’t done ALL of your research!

  8. Charles Scott

    October 12, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Another airhead entertainer who thinks she is god’s gift to earth. Celebrities should be shown by the public that they need the public and not the other way around. Hollywood is the devil’s playground.Individuals are revealing their disgusting traits more and more as the liberals become increasingly uneasy.

  9. Ted

    October 15, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Swift is desperate for her base who has matured and evolved past her cult influence. Now she has sealed her own fate by banking on her fleeting idol status. Everyone now realizes that Swift has been a “ down home country” fraud who has been playing her loyal fans. Her commitment to the left has defined who her true sympathies and passions are aligned with and are her new family,….. FOREVER! Nobody who has any true personal substance will ever respect her backstabbing and fraudulent hide again.

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