Marsha Blackburn, a Republican Senate candidate in Tennessee, responded Tuesday to Taylor Swift’s social media dig against her, and the pop star’s announcement that she would be voting for Democrats in the midterm elections.
“Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me,” she continued, before citing several examples of how she said Blackburn voted.
Despite what Ms. Swift thinks, Blackburn says she supports women and has a track record that proves it.
“Of course I support women and I want violence to end against women,” Blackburn said. “I’ve been very active in abuse shelters and child advocacy centers. I’ve been advocating for women in equal pay since I was 19 years old and making certain that woman have the opportunity for maximum pay and have a good record on that.”
Trump also spoke out against the pop star’s decision to step into the political arena. “Let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25% less now,” Trump said when asked about Swift’s Sunday evening endorsement of Bredesen over U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the Republican nominee in the hotly contested race.
Trump also said Swift did not know anything about Blackburn, who the president is backing in the race.
“Marsha Blackburn is doing a very good job in Tennessee,” Trump said, contending that Blackburn is ahead in polls. Some new polls have shown Blackburn ahead, while others show the race remains a dead heat.
“She’s a tremendous woman,” Trump said of Blackburn. “I’m sure Taylor Swift doesn’t know anything about her.”
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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! 🗳😃🌈
“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,” Swift wrote. “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.”
Swift continued, “These are not MY Tennessee values.”