- On Instagram Sunday night, Taylor Swift endorsed Democrat Phil Bredesen in the 2018 midterm elections after Republican senators confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
- However, Bredesen said he would have voted to confirm Kavanaugh anyway.
- Swift didn’t explicitly mention the Supreme Court in her endorsement, but her message came a day after Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
- She also spoke up about violence against women; three women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
Following Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, Taylor Swift spoke out for the first time about her political views. In an Instagram post, she threw her weight behind the Democratic party and endorsed Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives in the November 6 midterm elections.
But Bredesen, a former Tennessee governor, said he would have voted to confirm Kavanaugh if he sat in the Senate anyway. He said Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation that Kavanaugh tried to rape her “didn’t rise to the level” of disqualifying him, and said he had no problem with his conservative judicial record.
“I think you have to look at somebody’s entire record,” he told Nashville’s NewsChannel5 on Friday. “That was an aberration. He had a good reputation for the way he (conducted) himself as a judge over the last 12 years or so.”
Three women have publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, and Swift’s endorsement of the two Democratic candidates comes a day after Kavanaugh was confirmed. While Swift didn’t explicitly say she decided to get involved in the Senate race because of the Kavanaugh vote, she did clarify that Blackburn’s record of anti-women, anti-LGBT votes factored in.
Blackburn, who is running against Bredesen for Corker’s seat, has supported Kavanaugh throughout his nomination. And, as Swift noted, Blackburn opposes equal rights for LGBTQ people and voted against equal pay for women. Blackburn, she wrote, “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 cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin colour, gender or who they love,” Swift wrote. “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.”
Swift’s decision to publicly declare her politics comes a month before the contentious 2018 midterm elections. In her Instagram quote endorsing Bredesen and Representative Jim Cooper, Swift noted that many people “may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.”
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