Taylor Swift Makes Rare Political Statement; Backs Democrat in Tennessee Senate Race

Fans know a lot about Taylor Swift’s cats. And her exes. Oh, and that whole Kanye West thing.

But until now, the star hasn’t said much about politics. That changed Sunday night, when Swift posted a lengthy Instagram message about her hometown Tennessee Senate race, denouncing Republican incumbent Marsha Blackburn.

“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,” the 28-year-old pop star wrote.

She continued, “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. … These are not MY Tennessee values.”

Swift called out Blackburn’s vote against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and her stance against marriage equality. She concluded by endorsing Blackburn’s challenger, Phil Bredesen, as well as incumbent Democrat Jim Cooper in the House race. She’s also encouraging her followers to register and vote.

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Source: USA Today