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.
Swift, 28, slammed Blackburn on Instagram Sunday, saying that even though she would “like to continue voting for women in office,” she wouldn’t be casting a vote in favor of Blackburn.
“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.”
“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.”