Taylor Swift, who admits she has beforehand been "reluctant" to voice her political views publicly, has issued a uncommon assertion about her stance on the upcoming midterm elections. The pop star posted a prolonged letter on Instagram Sunday evening (Oct. 7), urging her followers to vote after educating themselves on the political candidates operating of their state.
In her publish, Swift outlined her private values and pledged to vote for candidates based mostly on their dedication to defending fundamental human rights for all, no matter race, gender or sexual orientation.
She additionally very clearly berated Republican Tennessee consultant and Congress candidate Marsha Blackburn, whose voting report "appalls and terrifies" her. Swift revealed she can be voting for Democrats Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives.
"I’m scripting this publish concerning the upcoming midterm elections on November sixth, by which I’ll be voting within the state of Tennessee," Swift started in her letter. "In the previous I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political views, however on account of a number of occasions in my life and on this planet prior to now two years, I really feel very otherwise about that now."
"I all the time have and all the time will solid my vote based mostly on which candidate will shield and battle for the human rights I consider all of us deserve on this nation," she continued. "I consider within the battle for LGBTQ rights, and that any type of discrimination based mostly on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I consider that the systemic racism we nonetheless see on this nation in the direction of folks of colour is terrifying, sickening and prevalent."
She shared, "I can not vote for somebody who is not going to be prepared to battle for dignity for ALL Americans, irrespective of their pores and skin colour, gender or who they love. Running for Senate within the state of Tennessee is a girl named Marsha Blackburn. As a lot as I've prior to now and want to proceed voting for girls in workplace, I can not help Marsha Blackburn. Her voting report in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted in opposition to equal pay for girls. She voted in opposition to the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which makes an attempt to guard ladies from home violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes companies have a proper to refuse service to homosexual . She additionally believes they need to not have the fitting to marry. These should not MY Tennessee values."
Swift then introduced the candidates she does plan to help: "I can be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate your self on the candidates operating in your state and vote based mostly on who most carefully represents your values. For loads of us, we could by no means discover a candidate or social gathering with whom we agree 100% on each situation, however we now have to vote anyway."
"So many clever, considerate, self-possessed folks have turned 18 prior to now two years and now have the fitting and privilege to make their vote rely. But first you'll want to register, which is fast and straightforward to do. October ninth is the LAST DAY to register to vote within the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you will discover all the information. Happy Voting," she concluded.
Bredesen responded to Swift's endorsement on Twitter, writing: "Thank you for the type phrases @taylorswift13. I’m honored to have your help and that of so many Tennesseans who're able to put apart the partisan shouting and get issues carried out. We’re prepared for it."
See Swift's full publish beneath.