Sorry, the new Taylor can't come to the phone right now because she's busy speaking up about modern-day democracy in the United States.
"I definitely think there are political undertones in the new music I made," Swift said, according to Entertainment Tonight. "I'm not planning to stop encouraging young people to vote and to try to get them to talk about what's going on in our country. I think that's one of the most important things I could do."
Jokes aside, Swift is right; she has a massive amount of pull in pop culture and effectively proved to be a driving force in amplifying millennial political engagement during the 2018 midterm elections. Swift may have inspired hundreds of thousands of voters to register, as well as turn in early-voting ballots, after she endorsed the Tennessee Democratic candidates on Instagram.
"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 in one post. "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."
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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! ???
Swift's activism continued in 2019 when she made a $113,000 donation to the Tennessee Equality Project, an organization that advocates for LGBTQ+ rights by lobbying for inclusive legislation. She also called out the state legislature's "State of Hate," indicating that she'll once again speak out against Republican leaders during the 2020 election cycle.
She's likely to go after President Donald Trump, as well — though she may not choose to use his name. Back in March, Swift explained in Elle that she felt compelled to extensively research the U.S. political system and understand current issues before sharing her views — including her position on the current administration — with her fans.
"Only as someone approaching 30 did I feel informed enough to speak about it to my 114 million followers," she wrote. "Invoking racism and provoking fear through thinly veiled messaging is not what I want from our leaders, and I realized that it actually is my responsibility to use my influence against that disgusting rhetoric. I’m going to do more to help. We have a big race coming up next year."
Look out, Trump. If history has taught us anything, having "Bad Blood" with someone doesn't slow Swift down; it only makes her stronger.