Taylor Swift Gets Political

'I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2018 6:03 AM CDT
In this May 20, 2018 photo, Taylor Swift arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
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(Newser) – Taylor Swift broke her long silence on her political beliefs Sunday—and it wasn't to agree with Kanye West about President Trump. In an Instagram post, the star spoke out in support of two Democratic candidates in Tennessee, CNN reports. "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 to her 112 million followers, endorsing Phil Bredesen for the Senate and incumbent Rep. Jim Cooper for the House.

The voting record of Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Bredesen's GOP opponent in the Senate race, "appalls and terrifies me," Swift wrote, slamming the Republican's stance on domestic violence and gay marriage. "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," Swift wrote. "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." The New York Times notes that Swift's political stance had long been considered a mystery, with some observers interpreting her silence as support for Trump—and some neo-Nazis hailing her as an "Aryan goddess." (Read more Taylor Swift stories.)

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