Pop star Taylor Swift broke her career-long silence about politics on Sunday to endorse ex-Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen (D) over Representative Marsha Blackburn (R) for the state’s Senate race.
With an Instagram post, Swift said Blackburn’s voting history “appalls and terrifies” her.
“As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn,” wrote Swift. “I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives.”
Cook Political Report lists the Bredesen-Blackburn race to fill the seat of retiring Senator Bob Corker (R) as being a “toss-up.” A new poll showed Blackburn above Bredesen by 5 points.
Taylor Swift also listed her position on several political issues, like support for LGBTQ rights as well as condemning racism, which almost all conservatives either tacitly and explicitly support.
“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,” Taylor Swift wrote. “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,” Taylor Swift added.
The famous singer has long stayed quiet about her political views, only vaguely mentioning them on social media. Earlier in 2018, she expressed her support for the big March For Our Lives movement against gun violence.
In the post on Sunday, Taylor Swift also urged her fans to go register to vote, saying to “educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values.”
“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,” Swift added.