Taylor Swift Stuns Her Trump-Loving Fans, Announces Support For Tennessee Democrats

Superstar singer Taylor Swift shocked many of her conservative-leaning fans and political watchers today by announcing her support for two Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee, and added that the voting record of a Republican woman running for Senate there “appalls and terrifies” her:

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.

Swift said the mass bigotry that many say is on full display by lots of people in the Republican party does not align with how she sees America:

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.

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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 went on to add, “I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives”. Swift also encouraged her fans to “vote based on who most closely represents your values”.

Swift’s move is a bold and courageous one: her fan base constitutes a large number of Trump voters, some of whom took to Twitter to disavow support for the singer.

Last week, President Trump visited Tennessee and infamously criticized Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who said Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, sexually assaulted her in their youth. Sources say that was a bridge too far for Swift, who has long caught flak for not setting the record straight on her political leanings.

Swift’s decision to throw her support behind Democrats and women voters puts her in stark contrast to her old nemesis, Kanye West, who has doubled down on his support for the President, and who wears a MAGA hat wherever he goes, though he looks ridiculous doing so.

West deleted all of his social media pages over the weekend after new rounds of criticism for his support of Trump and Trump’s policies, and West’s own statements on slavery.