Though pop superstar Taylor Swift has chosen to largely remain silent on political issues throughout her career, Swift issued a statement via Instagram on Sunday (Oct. 8), pledging her support for Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen for the U.S. Senate and Rep. Jim Cooper for the House during next month’s midterm elections.
“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 said on social media. “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.”
Bredesen thanked Swift for her support via a response tweet, saying he was “honored” that “so many Tennesseans…are ready to put aside the partisan shouting and get things done.”
“Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values,” Swift also said on Instagram. “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.
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