Pop superstar Taylor Swift waded into the political arena for the first time tonight with a surprise endorsement of two Democratic hopefuls, Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and U.S. House of Representatives candidate Jim Cooper.
The world-famous diva has long been criticized for her refusal to comment on politics, especially since she has been turned into a symbol of fetishistic obsession by Trump-loving white supremacists for her appearance.
Swift eviscerated the Republican candidate for the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Bob Corker, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), for her “appalling” and “terrifying” voting record and denounced Republican bigotry in all its forms in a powerful Instagram post that is doubtlessly going to cause a great deal of consternation for a particular portion of her 112 million followers.
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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! 🗳😃🌈
It would appear that the disgusting way that the Republican Party treated Christine Blasey Ford and the women who came forward to make their voices heard finally pushed Swift over the edge and gave her the courage to speak out, knowing that it could potentially alienate a large proportion of her country-loving conservative fans.
The reaction from her neo-Nazi fans at 4chan’s /politicallyincorrect board was immediate and furious, giving all of us a dose of much-needed schadenfreude after they and their fellow Trumpers spent the whole weekend hooting and baying about Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
pol on suicide watch pic.twitter.com/mFTkEy9ZeL
— warrior cop (@wyatt_privilege) October 8, 2018
Kudos to Swift for doing the right thing and using her enormous platform to promote Democratic candidates so close to what likely will be the most important mid-term election in American history.