Taylor Swift has a lot of power. A day after Swift posted her first ever political stance, sees voting registrations in the US surge in numbers.
In today's day and age, you can't deny the power of a pop singer on Instagram. Yesterday, the 'Bad Blood' singer took to the social media platform to voice her opinion on the US political system, and in particular to bash her current Tennessee nominee Marsha Blackburn. The star then urged people who are eligible to vote, to "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":
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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! ðŸ—³ðŸ˜ƒðŸŒˆ
It now seems that Swift's political movement has worked, as Vote.org has reported to abc7 that over a staggering 50,000 have registered to vote within the past 24 hours. In the state of Tennessee alone, where Swift will be casting her vote, there has been a major spike in registration too, with "2,811 registrations from September increased to 3,582 in October so far, and 2,144 of those were in the last 36 hours".
Of course, Swift's political activism hasn't gone unnoticed by funnyman, Donald Trump. Trump was asked by a news reporter how he feels about Swift's new political movement, and he quipped back "Let's say that I like Taylor's music about 25 percent less now, okay?". Watch his reaction to the news below:
"Let's say that I like Taylor's music about 25% less now," Pres. Trump jokes following Taylor Swift's endorsement of Democratic Tennessee senatorial candidate Phil Bredesen. https://t.co/iViLKKx1XV pic.twitter.com/R6oiH43mZ9
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 9, 2018