Taylor Swift broke her career-long political silence to endorse Democrats from Tennessee — and people are shocked

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After the final US show on her „Reputation“ stadium tour, Taylor Swift took to Instagram to share a message with her fans unlike anything she’s ever posted before. On Sunday night, the „Delicate“ singer broke her career-long political silence to endorse two Democratic candidates from Tennessee.

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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Many considered this a surprising move, as Swift’s been reticent about lending her voice to a number of political issues.

„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. „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.“

In the lengthy post, Swift advocated for LGBTQ+ rights, called out discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation, and said „the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.“

Swift said she was particularly moved to speak out in opposition of Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the Republican who represents Tennessee’s 7th District and is running against the former Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen for a US Senate seat.

As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn,“ Swift said. „Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Re-authorization 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.“

Online, people were stunned.

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Her stans said they felt vindicated.

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There were also plenty of jokes referencing her lyrics.

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Although some said they wished that she had spoken out sooner.

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Swift will be the opening up the American Music Awards on Tuesday, as she announced on Instagram last week. She will be performing „I Did Something Bad,“ off „Reputation“ — and fans will be waiting to see if she chooses to speak out again then. 

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