In The Past, Taylor Swift Stayed Out Of Politics. Here's Why She's Speaking Up Now.

"Happy Voting!"

On Sunday night, Taylor Swift got people talking with her latest Instagram post. Although she has stayed relatively quiet about politics in the past, the singer decided to endorse two Tennessee Democrats and encourage her followers to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

"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," Swift wrote. 

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As HuffPost points out, some have criticized Swift for not speaking up about politics in the past, including during the 2016 presidential election. However, earlier this year she gave a speech seeming to show her support for her LGBTQ fans during Pride Month, and has been outspoken about the issue of sexual assault following her own experience.

Mashable also reports that Swift posted support for the March for Our Lives movement following the Parkland school shooting earlier this year, writing that she had made a donation "to support gun reform."

"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," Swift continued in Sunday's post. "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."

Swift went on to speak out against Republican Marsha Blackburn, who is running for a Tennessee Senate seat. The singer criticized her congressional voting record on issues such as equal pay and gay rights. "These are not MY Tennessee values," Swift wrote, adding that she will be voting for Phil Bredesen for the Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives.

Bredesen reposted Swift's "kind words" on his Twitter account, thanking her and writing, "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."

Although obviously not everyone was happy about Swift's post, she received many positive responses on social media, as users praised her for adding her voice to the conversation at an important time for the country.

Meanwhile, Swift encouraged her followers to educate themselves and "vote based on who most closely represents your values." She urged fans to register to vote, pointing out that the deadline in Tennessee is October 9. She directed them to vote.org for more information.

"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," she wrote, ending her post with the message, "Happy Voting!"

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