NME Festival blog: Taylor Swift breaks political silence to back Democrats in US midterm elections


“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.”

Taylor Swift has broken years of political silence to back two Democrat candidates in the US midterm elections.

The singer has remained famously apolitical in recent years – and faced criticism for not speaking out against Donald Trump’s election in 2016.

But in an emotional post on Instagram, Swift has now backed two Democratic candidates in her native 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,” Swift wrote on Instagram as she urged her young fans to register and vote.

“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.

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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! 🗳😃🌈

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“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.”

Specifically, the post sees Swift backing Phil Bredesen, who is running for Senate, and Jim Cooper, who is running for the House of Representatives.

Swift also criticises Marsha Blackburn – Tennessee’s Republican candidate who was last week backed by Donald Trump.

“As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn”, wrote Swift.

“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.”

Responding to the endorsement, Bredesen wrote on Twitter: “Thank you for the kind words @TaylorSwif13, I’m honored to have your support and that of so many Tennesseans.”

Meanwhile, Swift recently appeared in the‘Women In Music Power List’ for 2018, commissioned by BBC Woman’s Hour.





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