Taylor Swift Breaks Silence About Politics on Heels of Midterm Elections

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Taylor Swift is known for keeping her mouth shut when it comes to politics, much to critics’ dismay. The singer rarely talks about anything politically driven, much less specifics about her party affiliation, who she’s voting for, etc. But 2018 is a special year, especially for women trying to make a difference, and the “Delicate” crooner decided the time to speak is now…see what we did there?

In a shocking turn of events, the 28-year-old broke her silence and posted a lengthy message about politics on Instagram last night. Tay not only encouraged her 112+ million followers to register to vote in the midterm elections, coming in about a month, but she also publicly denounced Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn and revealed she’ll be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives on November 6.

“I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee,” she begins. “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.”

Taylor went to trial in August 2017, fighting (and winning against) a radio DJ who sexually assaulted her during a 2013 meet-and-greet. Here’s the rest of her message:

“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!”

Celebrities speaking out about politics is SO important and while no one is saying Taylor’s message will completely change the outcome of the upcoming election, it CAN and WILL definitely make a difference.