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OCTOBER 10, 2018

     Swift made a dumb and foolish decision. Taylor Swift issued a rare public endorsement on Sunday for a Democrat who broke from his party during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings and lost the liberal blessing from groups like MoveOn.org. Democratic Senate candidate and former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen thanked Swift for the endorsement. Swift declared her support for Bredesen over his GOP rival, Representative 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 wrote in an Instagram post. “Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.”

     She went on to list items that influenced her in support. She said Blackburn has voted against equal pay for woman and believes businesses have the right to refuse service to gay couples. Bredesen thanked Swift for her support, writing, “I’m honored to have your support and that of so many Tennesseans who are ready to put aside the partisan shouting and get things done.”

     Swift has received criticism in the past for not speaking out politically.  The Guardian chastised the singer-songwriter for not openly criticizing President Donald Trump.  Now President Trump said she lost 25%.  In her Instagram post, Swift admitted to being 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 differently about that now.”

     In  2013, Swift reported that Denver-based radio DJ David Mueller had placed his hand up her skirt and her bare backside during a meet-and-greet. The two engaged in a back-and-forth legal battle until a judge ruled in Swift’s favor last year.

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