Taylor Swift, a well-known celebrity and pop star, broke her long-standing silence on political issues this week by announcing she would be voting for Tennessee’s Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen.
On Sunday night, October 7th, Swift made her surprising endorsement with an Instagram post that included arguments against Bredesen’s opponent Marsha Blackburn.
In the post she says, “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.”
Swift also wrote that Blackburn’s “voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies her,” noting Blackburn’s votes against equal pay for women and the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
President Trump, who has campaigned for Blackburn, dismissed Swift’s opinion, saying Swift “doesn’t know anything about her. And let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25 percent less now.”
Swift continued the political conversation, encouraging fans to vote at Tuesday’s American Music Awards, saying: “Please grab your friends and tell them to vote. Now is the time. If you believe in equality for women, for people of color, for the LGBTQ community.”
Food For Thought
Is Taylor Swift’s recent political statement important? Will the pop star’s influence motivate voters?