Singer Taylor Swift got political on Sunday, declaring her support for Tennessee’s Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Phil Bredesen.
“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 I feel differently about that now,” Swift, who was criticized by some for remaining relatively silent during the 2016 election, wrote in an Instagram post.
Swift said she is backing Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives, because she “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.”
While Swift said she would like to continue voting for women, she wrote Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s voting record “appalls and terrifies me.”
She criticized Blackburn, Bredesen’s rival in the Senate race, for opposing equal pay for women and gay marriage, for supporting businesses that refuse to serve gays, and for voting against reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which protects women from domestic violence.
“These are not MY Tennessee values,” Swift writes.
Bredesen, who served as governor of Tennessee from 2003 to 2011, was thrilled with the boost.
“I’m honored to have your support and that of so many Tennesseans who are ready to put aside the partisan shouting and get things done,” he said in a tweet.