For the longest time, Taylor Swift kept her lips tightly sealed about the political climate in America. Then in October 2018 that all changed when she spoke up for LGBTQ people in a statement against then-Tennessee representative and Congress candidate Marsha Blackburn.
“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 said, before railing into Blackburn for being a racist, homophobic, transphobic, anti-woman, anti-Black bigot whose on the wrong side of history.
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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! ???
Welp, it looks like she’s done it again!
“After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November. @realdonaldtrump,” she wrote to her more than 86 million followers.
After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November. @realdonaldtrump
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 29, 2020
In just a matter of hours, the tweet has received over 550K likes, 160K retweets, and hundreds of comments. (And counting!)
— Mister Preda (@MisterPreda) May 29, 2020
In a world of Amy Klobuchars, be a Taylor Swift.
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) May 29, 2020
— Mon Sy #JunkTerrorBill #ActivistsNotTerrorists (@YearoftheMonSy) May 29, 2020
Thank you Taylor. YOUR VOICE is one of the ones we need most! Thank you.
— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) May 29, 2020
Honestly woke swift is one of the few bright spots of 2020
— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) May 29, 2020
Out actor Ben Platt voiced his support of Swift’s tweet with a good, old-fashioned “f*ck yeah!”
f*ck yeah ♥️
— Ben Platt (@BenSPLATT) May 29, 2020
Swift burn, Taylor. Nicely done.