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Pop and Country music superstar Taylor Swift has typically tried to keep her personal views and politics closely guarded. But that changed over the past weekend when she decided to endorse Democratic candidates for Congress.

Posting on Instagram, Swift shared a black-and-white photograph of herself looking contemplative. She explained to her fans that, “due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years,” she had to speak up in favor of candidates that support “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,” Swift said. “I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”

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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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Swift went on to explain which candidates she couldn’t vote for based on those convictions.

“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, adding that meant she couldn’t support a candidate for Senate like Republican Marsha Blackburn. “Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me,” Swift added.

Instead, Swift said she’d be voting for Democratic candidates. “I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives,” she wrote.

Swift pointed out that “[s]o 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 she also made clear that young people have a very limited window to register to vote — October 9 is the last day to do so in the state of Tennessee, Swift said.

Not everyone was on-board with Swift’s announcement. Fox News contributor Charlie Kirk, for example, told Swift she should “stay away from politics.” While doing so, however, Kirk also emphasized he’s a bigger fan of Kanye West, who has expressed support of President Donald Trump over the past year.

West and Swift had a much-publicized feud dating back to when West jumped on stage while Swift was receiving an MTV Music Video award in 2009. West took a microphone to interrupt her acceptance speech, to tell the audience he felt Beyonce had deserved the honor more.

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