In a rare career move, Taylor Swift publicly says she cannot support Tennessee Republican representative Marsha Blackburn.
While Taylor Swift isn’t exactly known for dipping her feet into politics by way of endorsing any candidate publicly, she however, isn’t shy in being vocal of her beliefs.
The Out Of The Woods singer has spoken out against sexual harassment, the patriarchy, bullying, and a host of other social ills, but in a rare career move has decided to place her beliefs into candidates from her state (she’s registered in Tennessee) that she believes best reflect them.
“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,” she wrote in a lengthy Instagram caption.
Declaring that she’s supporting Democratic representatives Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives, and outright saying ‘No!’ to Marsha Blackburn, the current Republican representative for Tennessee’s 7th congressional district.
This is contrary to what many thought would be something Swift would push for, that is, to have more women in office.
“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,” Swift said. “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.”
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The 28-year old continued her post by urging more young people, especially those who have turned 18 in the last two years to vote in November because they “now have the right and privilege to make their vote count”, and to do some research on the people they’ll be voting for to represent them in Congress and the Senate.
“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.”
You can see the schedules for the last day of registration per state as well as other useful information on vote.org.