Taylor Swift Shares Powerful Statement About The Upcoming Election

Taylor Swift is getting political.

The Grammy superstar, who usually is quiet when it comes to politics, took to
Instagram on Sunday to voice her opinion about the upcoming election in
November.

“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,” she began.

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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! 🗳😃🌈

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“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,”
she continued.

“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,” she added.

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“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 continued.

“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,”
she added.

“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!,” she concluded.

Her strong message comes as she wrapped up the second North
American leg of her “Reputation” tour. 

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She took to Instagram to thank fans who attended the final
North American show, which took place in Texas.

“To everyone who came to the show and everyone who
wished us well tonight, thank you,” she wrote.

“We had an indescribably incredible time with you
Dallas, thanks for making us the first tour to play back to back nights in
AT&T Stadium,” she concluded.

Her tour picks up again in Australia on Oct. 19.

— Stephanie Swaim

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