After spending virtually her whole career refusing to discuss politics in any form, on Monday Taylor Swift broke her silence on Instagram. The “Aryan Goddess,” as her neo-Nazi supporters have dubbed her, has accidentally culminated an alt-right fan base in recent years, thanks to her blonde-hair, blue eyes, and angelic demeanor. However, her ascent to alt-right pop icon wasn’t helped by reluctance to talk about her political beliefs, and now she’s come out in support of democrats in her home state of Tennesee, her right-wing followers are not amused, to say the least (but we are).
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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! ???
One of those right-wingers to criticise the star’s political endorsement of democratic candidates Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper is Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas. Whether it’s because she’s female, a pop star, or a female pop star who dares to disagree with him, the 63-year-old attempted to dismiss the singer’s views while highlighting his support for Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn.
So @taylorswift13 has every right to be political but it won’t impact election unless we allow 13 yr old girls to vote. Still with #MarshaBlackburn
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) October 8, 2018
However, Huckbee clearly underestimated the 28-year-old’s influence, as statistics show that voter registrations nationwide rose in the 24 hours after Swift shared her first ever political post.
“We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since Taylor Swift’s post,” said Kamari Guthrie, Vote.org’s director of communications.
Considering 190,178 voters registered nationwide in the whole of September, that’s a pretty hefty figure. While in her native Tennesee, 2,144 new voters signed up in the 36 hours following Swift’s Instagram post, almost doubling the figures so far for October.
And Twitter is making sure Huckbee eats those statistics with a range of pithy tweets
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— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) October 9, 2018
Ooh, look what you made her do.
— Alan Fancyfoes (@alanfanciful) October 9, 2018
Good. Time to shake them off. pic.twitter.com/B4Qa5VFM0h
— Nicole Neroulias (@BeliefBeat) October 9, 2018
lol you can’t deny @taylorswift13‘s impact sweetie. pic.twitter.com/fqpFkZeMo4
— ?IDSB?(15) (@paoloalpay) October 9, 2018
Its almost like the 13 year olds who became her fans 10 years ago are old enough to vote.
— Rob (@AtomicCross) October 9, 2018
Wow-lotta 13 year old voters there huh Mikey.
— RLNelson (@timberwolfpoint) October 9, 2018
It’s petty, but we love it.