Taylor took to social media prior to the upcoming midterm elections, giving her reasons for siding with Democratic candidate for Tennessee Senator, Phil Bredesen.
"She didn't make it about partisan issues".
However, the pop superstar has for the first time sought to use her gargantuan social media following - 112 million followers on Instagram and counting - to enter the political fray. Her shattered reticence comes in the form of an Instagram post, in which she informs fans that while she has "been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions" that "several events in my life and in the world in the past two years" have changed her views.
"In the past I've been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions", she wrote, "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 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", she posted.
"I can not 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", she continued.
The Bredesen-Blackburn race for Senate is a hotly contested, heavily advertised campaign that those who live in many parts of Tennessee see or hear about frequently on television and radio. "It's a clear cut choice between Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen, and I'm happy and reassured that she supported the right candidate in my mind", says Kitterman. "Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me", Swift wrote.
Swift adds that Blackburn, "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.
"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 said.
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"These are not MY Tennessee values", Swift wrote.
She urged her fans to register to vote, saying: "Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values".
However, Swift didn't acknowledge Bredesen's recent endorsement of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, but said people may never find a candidate or party with whom they agree completely on every issue. 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.
Swift didn't mince words announcing who she is not supporting. She's not a native Tennessean-born in Pennsylvania, she moved to Nashville as a teenager to pursue a career in country.
According to The Tennessean and a CBS poll released over the weekend, Blackburn has surged to an eight point lead over Bredesen.
Fox & Friends invited conservative nonprofit founder Charlie Kirk to share his thoughts on Swift's post and her decision to speak out on her political beliefs. The artist endorsed former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen over incumbent Republican Sen. But, Swift notes, "She voted against equal pay for women". And another has Bredsen shooting clay pigeons, calling himself a "lifelong gun owner", and touting his support for the Second Amendment.