Swift nails colours to Democratic mast

By The New Zealand Herald

President Donald Trump says he likes superstar Taylor Swift’s music “about 25 per cent less” now that she’s endorsed two Democratic candidates in Tennessee.

Trump was asked about Swift’s decision to wade into politics as he returned to Washington after a trip to Florida.

Swift announced she’s voting for Democrat Phil Bredesen for Senate, breaking her long-standing refusal to discuss anything about politics.

Trump says GOP Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Bredesen’s rival, is “doing a very good job” and is a “tremendous woman”.

And he says that Swift “doesn’t know anything about her,” adding: “I like Taylor’s music about 25 per cent less now, OK?”

Swift has faced criticism for not speaking about political issues despite having a global platform.

She also said she’d vote for Democrat Jim Cooper for the House.

Swift’s post detailed her positions (“I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG”) and called “systemic racism” in this country “terrifying, sickening and prevalent”.

She called out Blackburn’s voting record, including her stances on LGBTQ issues, and the fact that she voted against equal pay for women and an act that attempts to protect women from domestic violence. “These are not MY Tennessee values,” Swift wrote.

One clear connection to these issues is Swift’s sexual assault lawsuit last year — a Colorado country radio DJ sued her after he lost his job when she reported that he lifted her skirt and groped her before a concert.

Swift countersued for assault and battery for a symbolic $1, and won. Her searing testimony (“You can ask me a million questions. I’m never going to say anything different”) made international headlines, and what she called a “demoralising” trial experience had an effect.

And of course, as social media dissected Swift’s post, she was largely contrasted with her nemesis Kanye West, as they have feuded since the MTV VMAs incident in 2009 when he crashed her acceptance speech. West is now famously a Trump supporter. But Swift didn’t declare a party affiliation — she just encouraged everyone to vote in general. “Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values,” she said. “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.”— AP, Washington Post

This article provided by NewsEdge.