Popular recording artist Taylor Swift has wisely avoided politics — until now. And her decision to publicly endorse two Democrat candidates shows how fraught with hypocrisy such a foray can be.
In what is sure to be a disappointment to conservative fans, Swift took to Instagram to expose a very liberal belief system as she cited LGBTQ rights, gender discrimination and alleged systemic racism while endorsing Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen over Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn for Senate, and Jim Cooper, a Democrat running for the House of Representatives.
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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! 🗳😃🌈
Swift was specific in her opposition to Blackburn.
“As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn,” Swift explained. “Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.”
She goes on to cite Blackburn’s record on issues she takes exception with, sounding like someone regurgitating Democratic Party talking points.
“She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape,” Swift said in the caption. “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.”
But there’s one glaring inconsistency in her endorsement — Bredesen declared that he would have voted to confirm now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“In my mind, you kind of ended up with a very opaque situation three and a half decades ago where there was no particular corroboration of it or disapproving it,” the candidate told The Tennessean. “It’s something that happened when they were in their teens, if it happened at all. And I just sort of felt like it didn’t rise to the level of you would disqualify somebody from the Supreme Court based on that stuff.”
Or if you want to take a positive spin on it:@taylorswift13 is defining the new centrist position in America: For the laws fighting against violence against women, fighting for gay rights…and…fighting for Brett Kavanaugh.
— Pradheep J. Shanker, M.D., M.S. (@Neoavatara) October 8, 2018
The decision prompted the George Soros-backed group MoveOn to withdrawn their support for Bredesen.
We're cancelling a planned six-figure digital video ad expenditure for Phil Bredesen in Tennessee due to his Kavanaugh position. And similarly will be pulling all planned campaigning on behalf of Joe Manchin in West Virginia if he votes yes. Kavanaugh is unfit for the Court.
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) October 5, 2018
Perhaps, the funniest thing about all of this was a tweet from liberal writer Kara Brown.
“If you had told me two years ago Kanye would be running around in a MAGA hat while Taylor Swift was endorsing democratic candidates, I would have smacked you to the ground and stolen your wallet for wasting my time,” she tweeted.
If you had told me two years ago Kanye would be running around in a MAGA hat while Taylor Swift was endorsing democratic candidates, I would have smacked you to the ground and stolen your wallet for wasting my time.
— KB (@KaraRBrown) October 8, 2018
A common thought, it turns out:
So… Kanye is MAGA and Taylor Swift is endorsing Democrats in TN. This screening of Interstellar 2 is fascinating. Buy a lottery ticket. Anything is possible in this timeline.
— roxane gay (@rgay) October 8, 2018
Taylor Swift just took the mic from Kanye.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) October 8, 2018
Taylor Swift in 2018 VS Kanye West in 2018 pic.twitter.com/OyTcLOMwio
— aryan (@roarlikeswift) October 8, 2018
Odds are, Swift exposing her liberal bias will not hurt her career much, given her popularity, but it did set some fans off… and drew in the political crowd.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
I just destroyed my Taylor Swift Music CD. I don't care if a celebrity is a Dem or a Rep, as long as I don't know. Act, Play your Music, Play your sport; but don't tell me your politics or try to advocate to me for a candidate. Just Do Your Thing!!
— Thomas Gillman (@nashtn76) October 8, 2018
@taylorswift13 Bad move. Politics just ruined your career. You picked the wrong side. We are never ever getting back together. Unfollowed.
— EnchantedApril (@EnchantdApril) October 8, 2018
Taylor Swift waited until her stadium tour was finished before telling Republicans (and their cash) to go fuck themselves and if that ain’t big dick energy then I don’t know what is
— Emma Blackery (@emmablackery) October 8, 2018
Hey @taylorswift13 –
You just endorsed a Democrat in the Tennessee senate race with a ridiculous statement saying Marsha Blackburn, a woman, is against women
You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about
Your career has never recovered since Kanye ended it
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) October 8, 2018
On the heels of @taylorswift13 feeling the need to, as all Hollywood elitists do, use black people and minorities as pawns to brainwash people into doing their bidding— I would like come out to Tennessee and campaign for @MarshaBlackburn.
Marsha, let’s do this! #MAGA
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) October 8, 2018
— Justin Case (@neverame2er) October 8, 2018