The power of Taylor Swift is being felt in Tennessee after she threw her hat in the ring for two democratic candidates, and the party is hoping the push from the star helps secure a win in the upcoming midterm elections for The Volunteer State.
An official at the Tennessee Democratic Party tells The Blast the endorsement from Swift is wonderful, and think it’s “great” she’s pushing to vote for the “fantastic democratic candidates.”
We’re told since Swift mentioned candidates Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives, the TDNP has seen a noticeable rise in engagement on both social media and the voter registration website.
The TDNP also applauds Swift for speaking about republican candidate Marsha Blackburn’s voting history, which they agree is “relevant” and “terrifying.”
During Swift’s statement, where she broke her long-held political silence, the “Delicate” singer said the republican candidates did not embody her own “Tennessee values.” The TDNP believes they do share the same values as Swift, and hope her support will put them over the line come November.
As far as the two working together, we’re told the TDNP would love to collaborate with Swift and take advantage of her huge platform, but have not yet reached out.
However, not everyone is sharing in the admiration for T-Swift after her political endorsements. On Monday, President Trump said he now likes her music 25% less.
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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! 🗳😃🌈