Taylor Swift is catching heat for endorsing Tennessee Democrats Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper. Swift, who is usually "reluctant" to speak on politics, said in an Instagram post, "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 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."
Taylor Swift wrote about her support for LGBTQ rights as always in this post. The pop star also expressed that she will not support Marsha Blackburn, a Republican. Taylor Swift had clearly explained her reason for doing this:
“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," Taylor wrote.
At the end of the post, the pop star urged her 112 million Instagram followers on Monday. “Please, please educate yourself on the candidates … and vote based on who most closely represents your values”. The pop star’s call for fans to “get out and vote” in the midterm elections has caused a stir—one that’s best understood as a set of responses to Swift herself.