President Trump has responded to Taylor Swift’s first political endorsement, telling DailyMail.com on Monday, “Let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25 percent less now, okay?”
Pop icon Taylor Swift, 28, broke her political silence Sunday in an Instagram post in which she posted a picture captioned that she had registered to vote in Tennessee and that she was endorsing Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen as opposed to GOP candidate Marsha Blackburn. The reason Swift cited for her endorsement was being “terrified” by Blackburn’s voting record regarding LGBTQ rights and the Violence Against Women Act.
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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! 🗳😃🌈
While some suspect the endorsement comes due to the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Swift’s candidate of choice was one of the few Democrats who voiced support for Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Swift has remained politically silent for years, and sparked controversy when she posted a picture of herself voting in the 2016 election but would not use her influence to announce who she was voting for. Now, Republicans are angry with her silence break.
Several fans took to twitter to announce their disappointment in the singer getting political.
@taylorswift13 the one reason why I liked Taylor Swift as an artist was because I believed that she did not need to voice her political opinions. I am very disappointed as a black man whose daughter idolizes you. Why does everyone feel a need to voice their political opinion?
— Karl Haynes (@karlhaynes) October 8, 2018
@taylorswift13 So disappointed that you decided to play politics:(. I thought you were brilliant when you said, I am not going to tell people who to vote for, but I will encourage them to vote. With all the divide in this country, you were only place where politics didn't matter.
— beatio (@beatio) October 8, 2018
Others saw the Instagram post as a continuation of the feud the singer has with Kanye West, who is known to be one of Hollywood’s only Trump supporters.
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
Taylor Swift wrote a thoughtful post about racism, sexism & LGBTQ Rights on Instagram. Its either a sign of personal growth…OR SHE FOUND A WAY TO DESTROY KANYE.
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) October 8, 2018
Still others compared Swift’s announcement with her many break-up songs.
Taylor Swift: Look what you made me do.
GOP: You belong with me?
Taylor Swift: Bad blood.
GOP: Don't blame me.
Taylor Swift: We are never ever getting back together.
Taylor Swift: Ready for it.
GOP: Shake it off?
Taylor Swift: End game.
GOP: Blank space
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) October 8, 2018
Swift’s endorsement of Bredesen came the same day a CBS poll revealed Blackburn holds an 8-point lead over him. It’s unlikely Taylor’s squad will be able to close the gap.