Taylor Swift endorses Joe Biden for president: 'The change we need most'
Taylor Swift revealed who she is voting for in the 2020 election in an upcoming issue of V magazine.
“I will proudly vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in this year’s presidential election,” the 30-year-old shared with the publication. “Under their leadership, I believe America has a chance to start the healing process it so desperately needs.”
The singer-songwriter has kept her vote quiet until Wednesday, just 27 days before Nov. 3.
I spoke to @vmagazine about why I’ll be voting for Joe Biden for president. So apt that it’s come out on the night of the VP debate. Gonna be watching and supporting @KamalaHarris by yelling at the tv a lot. And I also have custom cookies 🍪💪😘
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— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) October 7, 2020
”So apt that it’s come out on the night of the VP debate,” she wrote on Twitter. “Gonna be watching and supporting @KamalaHarris by yelling at the tv a lot.”
While in discussion with the magazine, Swift spoke to a few of the reasons that she’s throwing her support behind the Democratic ticket. Most specifically, she shared her concerns around protecting the LGBTQ community, women and people of color.
“The change we need most is to elect a president who recognizes that people of color deserve to feel safe and represented, that women deserve the right to choose what happens to their bodies, and that the LGBTQIA+ community deserves to be acknowledged and included,” she said. “Everyone deserves a government that takes global health risks seriously and puts the lives of its people first. The only way we can begin to make things better is to choose leaders who are willing to face these issues and find ways to work through them.”
Swift previously spoke to Vogue about the reasons behind why she didn’t endorse a candidate, specifically Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 election. “I just knew I wasn’t going to help. Also, you know, the summer before that election, all people were saying was ‘She’s calculated. She’s manipulative. She’s not what she seems. She’s a snake. She’s a liar,’” she said back in Sept. 2019. “These are the same exact insults people were hurling at Hillary. Would I be an endorsement or would I be a liability? ‘Look, snakes of a feather flock together. Look, the two lying women.’ The two nasty women. Literally millions of people were telling me to disappear. So I disappeared. In many senses.”
The Tennessee resident then spoke out politically for the first time leading up to the 2018 midterm elections when she penned a lengthy Instagram post endorsing Democrats Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives.
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! 🗳😃🌈
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“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 the post — the impact of which was documented in her Netflix documentary Miss Americana and in a notable spike in voter registration.
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