Taylor Swift breaks silence on politics, endorses two Tennessee Democrats for midterms

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 08, 2018, 09.00 PM(IST)

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By early Monday, more than a million Instagram users had registered their approval. 

Singer Taylor Swift has now come out after breaking her age old refusal to talk about politics by endorsing Tennessee Democrats Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper, who are running for Senate and House of Representatives, respectively.

Swift paired social media and social activism in a lengthy Instagram post on Sunday evening. One month before the midterm elections, she endorsed the two Democrats and entreated her followers to register and show up to the polls. 

"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," she wrote in a lengthy post.

"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."

"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," Swift wrote in an Instagram post.

The pop star - who spent later years growing up in Tennessee - also slammed Republican candidate and US Rep. Marsha Blackburn in her lengthy post on Sunday. 

"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."

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By early Monday, more than a million Instagram users had registered their approval. 

She plans to vote for Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN) and Senator Phil Bredesen (D-TN), who sparked controversy for voicing support for Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.  

Bredesen was quick to trumpet Swift’s endorsement. "Thank you for the kind words @taylorswift13. I’m honored to have your support and that of so many Tennesseans who are ready to put aside the partisan shouting and get things done. We’re ready for it. Last day to register to vote is October 9," he wrote on Twitter. 

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Swift, who spent much of her teenage life in Tennessee, previously endorsed the March For Our Lives movement, though has faced criticism in the past for largely remaining silent on her political views.