Taylor Swift’s Political Comments Lead to Spike in Voter Registration

Carla Harmon
October 10, 2018

President Donald Trump says he likes superstar Taylor Swift's music "about 25 percent less now" that she's endorsed two Democratic candidates in Tennessee.

But she stuck to issues that were important to her, including women's rights, LGBTQ rights and human rights, and made her argument in a personal way, rather than party-based.

"To have someone of her stature and with such a large microphone to step up and actually reinforce what we already know here is definitely going to boost the morale of people who have been told Tennesseans are divisive", Mancini said. By comparison, the group said 56,669 new voters registered in August and 190,178 registered in September.

While collecting the Artist of the Year award, Swift encouraged fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections, as they did for her in the AMAs. The move broke with Swift's usual tight-lippped stance toward publicly revealing her political beliefs.

More than 60 percent of the registrations since Sunday were among voters between 18 and 29 years old, an increase the site said was likely prompted by Swift's post.

Text: "In response to Taylor Swift's anti-Republican remarks, Spotify & iTunes have dropped all of her songs from their playlists".

But in a lengthy Instagram post, she passionately spoke about how this was not the case.

Although Swift has been reluctant to speak about her political views in the past, there is a clear disagreement between the pop star and president.

The Vote.org site has also seen a surge, with 155,940 unique visitors in the past 24 hours, when the daily average is 14,078.

"Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me", she continued, before citing several examples of how she said Blackburn voted.

She added: "I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of colour is terrifying, sickening and prevalent".

In the post, she states that though she previously voted for women in office, she does not feel able to support the Republican Senate candidate, Marsha Blackburn.

Two years ago, Democrats turned million-dollar performances by pop icons such as Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Pharrell, Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi and Katy Perry into zero electoral votes. She wrote, "October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN". But if we look at how many people, especially young people, are feeling invigorated by progressive candidates in this election in a way they never have before, it shines a light on how left out they've felt from the voting process until now. In doing so, Kirk not only presents those issues disingenuously (Bredesen did support Kavanaugh but the sexual harassment issue was far more complicated than he presented it to be), but he's ignoring Swift's message that while you might not find your dream candidate, that doesn't negate the importance of voting.

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