Taylor Swift Jumps into Politics
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Taylor Swift is one of the biggest names in American pop music. Millions of fans follow the singer-songwriter on social media for the latest in music and fashion.
On Sunday night, Swift did something that she has never done before. She announced her opposition to one candidate, and her support for others, running in November's midterm elections.
Swift wrote, "due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years...I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me." She added that she "will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives."
Blackburn is a Republican Party lawmaker representing the state of Tennessee. She serves in the United States House of Representatives. Swift wrote that Blackburn is against gay rights, equal pay for women and legislation to protect women from domestic violence, stalking and date rape.
President Donald Trump, who has campaigned for Blackburn, dismissed Swift's opinion of the candidate. He said, Swift "doesn't know anything about her. And let's say that I like Taylor's music about 25 percent less now, OK?"
The singer also asked her 112 million followers on Instagram to register to vote. She wrote, "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!"
The non-profit website vote.org reported a flood of new voter registration after the post. A spokeswoman told Buzzfeed, "We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift's post."
The site reported that 190,178 new voters were registered in the entire month of September and 56,669 were registered in August. The vote.org spokeswoman said, "Thank God for Taylor Swift."
Republican Party politician and television host, Mike Huckabee, however, dismissed that idea. He tweeted that Swift "won't impact election unless we allow 13 yr old girls to vote."
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I'm Caty Weaver.
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!