Taylor Swift is continuing to get political, following up her public support of Tennessee Democrats by explaining how fans can cast their votes early for the November midterm elections.
On Oct. 7, the “Delicate” singer submitted a lengthy Instagram post, for the first time declaring her political views.
“I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 6,” Swift began. “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.”
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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! 🗳😃🌈
“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. “I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG.”
And she is not only standing up for peoples’ sex and gender: “I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of colour is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”
Swift’s political declaration was met with scorn by President Donald Trump.
In a freewheeling interview in which he accuses the Democrats of colluding with Russia, Trump is asked about Swift’s support of Democratic candidates in Tennessee. “Let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25 per cent less now, OK,” he quipped. Trump’s remarks about Swift come at the 1:40 mark. Watch:
More than a week later, Swift shared a followup post to inform fans about early voting, which “makes it so quick and easy to cast your vote before November 6.”
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Something I wish I knew about when I was 18 and voting for the first time: ✨EARLY VOTING✨. It makes it so quick and easy to go and cast your vote before November 6. Early voting starts TODAY in Tennessee and goes to Nov 1 🇺🇸 You can check out your state’s early voting dates at the link in my bio
Swift followed that up with another political post on Oct. 30, sharing a photo of herself and her mother flanking a campaign sign for Tennessee Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen.
“These two Tennessee women voted for the candidate who has proven himself to be reasonable and trustworthy,” she wrote. “We want leadership, not fear-based extremism. Early voting goes til Thursday and Election Day is November 6. Please don’t sit this one out.”
Meanwhile, Swift’s initial political post generated a lot of feedback from fans — including the U.S. Senate candidate for whom she just cast her vote.