After years of silence and outright refusal to express any political opinions whatsoever, Taylor Swift is finally entering the political arena.
For years, as other celebrities took to social media and other outlets to broadcast their political persuasions, Swift remained quiet. As a result, many speculated that the Shake It Off singer was making a calculated move so as not to isolate any of her fans.
Then, things changed
However, things got messy when one blogger from the neo-nazi website The Daily Stormer asserted that Swift was secretly a Nazi (offering zero proof to validate his claim) and when alt-right haven website Breitbart spent an entire day tweeting out song lyrics from her single ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ with links to their articles. In fact, many within the alt-right believed her silence on political matters stemmed from the fact that she was a closet Trump supporter. It became so prevalent, and her music became so widely circulated within alt-right corners that many began pleading for her to denounce her alt-right fans finally.
Sunday however, Swift shattered the hearts of alt-righters everywhere when she made her first ever political statement. Taking to Instagram, the singer wrote a lengthy caption in which she stated that she would be voting for two Democrats in Tennessee in the upcoming mid-term elections.
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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! ????????????
“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,” she wrote. “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 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 went on to endorse Democrats Phil Bredesen, running for US Senate, and Jim Cooper running for the House of Representatives, as well as condemning Republican congresswoman Marsha Blackburn who is also running for Senate. Swift stated that Blackburn’s voting record in the House “appalls and terrifies her” and that she does not share her “Tennessee values.”
There was a swift response
Predictably, alt-right figures dropper her faster than she dropped country music. Turning Point USA founder and right-wing troll Charlie Kirk took to Twitter to accuse the “Tear Drops on My Guitar” singer of “not knowing what she was talking about’ and stated that her “career has never recovered since Kanye ended it.” Kanye West notably has spent some time this year hanging out with Kirk and has repeatedly expressed support for President Trump.
Hey @taylorswift13 –
You just endorsed a Democrat in the Tennessee senate race with a ridiculous statement saying Marsha Blackburn, a woman, is against women
You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about
Your career has never recovered since Kanye ended it
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) October 8, 2018
Quick to chime in and dismiss the singer’s words, Republican Mike Huckabee, took to his social media to declare that while Taylor Swift has every right to express her opinion, “it won’t impact the election unless we allow 13 yr old girls to vote.”
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) October 8, 2018
Contrary to what Huckabee said, however, it does appear that Swift’s heartfelt post did have some impact on the election. Tuesday, CNN reported that according to vote.org, in the 24-hour period following Swift’s post there was a surge in online voter registrations. Vote.org’s director of communications Kamari Guthrie told Buzzfeed, “We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift’s post.” Unless there are 65,000 13-year-old girls committing voter fraud, that’s a pretty big impact. Sorry, Mike.