Taylor Swift doesn’t usually talk about politics, but that changed Sunday night.
The singer took to Instagram to endorse a Democratic Senate candidate, saying “several events” in her life and “in the world” over the past two years had caused her to feel “very differently” about voicing her political opinions.
Swift plans to vote for Tennessee hopeful Phil Bredesen, who is running against Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn.
“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,” Swift wrote in an IG caption.
“I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG,” she said. “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.”
Swift said Blackburn’s voting record in Congress “appalls and terrifies” her — and her beliefs are not representative of her “Tennessee values.”