Pop star Taylor Swift has typically stayed out of politics, focusing on her extremely successful musical career instead of jumping on the political activism bandwagon that celebrities are pressured to embrace.
There was that time back in March where she publicly supported the “March for our Lives” anti-gun rallies following the horrific Parkland, Florida shooting.
But other than that, Swift has shied away from the political realm for the most part until now.
The 28-year-old who has spent a lot of time in Tennessee wrote a lengthy Instagram post urging her many fans to not vote for Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) for U.S. Senate. Blackburn is campaigning for Republican Bob Corker’s vacated seat, and Democrats are hoping to turn it blue in the November midterm elections with former Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen.
Swift has 112 Instagram followers, making her one of the most popular people on the social media platform in the world.
“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,” Swift acknowledged.
“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,” she wrote before tearing into Blackburn.
Swift blasted Blackburn for not supporting homosexual marriage and for believing that business owners shouldn’t be forced to violate their personal beliefs when asked to provide services for gay weddings.
She also went after her for voting “against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape.”
PolitiFact actually fact-checked Swift on that and determined that while Blackburn did vote against that particular act, she did support a similar Republican version.
“These are not MY Tennessee values,” Swift declared before urging Tennesseans to register to vote so they could cast their ballot for Bredesen.
Liberals expressed hoped that Swift’s new foray into politics would curry favor for Bredesen, but a New York Times poll is showing that it’s backfiring.
Blackburn now leads her Democrat opponent by 14 percent in a new NYT Upshot/Siena College Poll. That’s a big increase over the past three months when some previous polls showed Bredesen with a slight advantage.
The Tennessee race is one of many being watched nationally as Democrats desperately try to make red seats blue in a hoped-for “blue wave” that could turn the tide of power in Congress against President Trump.
Things aren’t going as well as hoped. In Arizona, for instance, a tight race for Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat is showing the Republican with a growing lead over the Democrat, and eyebrow-raising new videos have just been leaked that don’t put the Democrat candidate in a very positive light.