Taylor Swift Blasts Anti-Gay Senate Candidate And Endorses Democrats

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Taylor Swift is finally making her political views known. Taylor-Swift2The beautiful singer — who has been reluctant to speak about politics despite intense pressure to do so — posted a lengthy message on Instagram on Sunday saying she was voting for Phil Bredesen, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Tennessee against the Republican candidate, Marsha Blackburn. In the past, Swift has been hesitant to speak out, and heavily criticized for not doing so, and acknowledged that in her post.

“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. “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.”

Swift added that she regrets not being able to support a female candidate.

 

“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.”

Swift ended with a plea for her followers to “educate” themselves on the candidates running their own states and encouraged them to register to vote.

 

According to a CBS News/YouGov poll published Sunday, Blackburn is leading Bredesen, with 50 percent of the respondents saying they’d vote for her if the election were today vs. 42 percent for Bredesen. The two are running for the seat currently held by outgoing Republican Sen. Bob Corker.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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