The notoriously apolitical Taylor Swift came out Sunday to endorse Tennessee Democrats Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper, who are running for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, respectively. "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," she wrote on Instagram in a lengthy plea for her fans to register and vote. "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." Taylor also wrote that she "cannot support" Marsha Blackburn, the Republican candidate for the Senate who was endorsed by President Donald Trump last week. "Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me," she wrote. "These are not MY Tennessee values." One Twitter user responded to Taylor making her first-ever political statement by writing, "If you had told me two years ago Kanye would be running around in a MAGA hat while Taylor Swift was endorsing democratic candidates, I would have smacked you to the ground and stolen your wallet for wasting my time."
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