Taylor Swift was criticized for not speaking out during the 2016 USA election, but she changed her tune over the weekend and endorsed the Democratic candidates in Tennessee's upcoming midterm election.
By way of comparison, there were 190,178 new voter registrations in the entire month of September and 56,669 in August, Guthrie said.
In the post, she states that though she previously voted for women in office, she does not feel able to support the Republican Senate candidate, Marsha Blackburn. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape.
Even worse, Kirk assumes that Swift hasn't thought any of this through, and says she is not "able to draw that distinction" between stating the liberal ideal of, you know, not discriminating against people, and voting for a man who doesn't embody every possible progressive value. These are not MY Tennessee values.
Cash defended Swift on Twitter, saying, "Those who tell her to stay away from politics are actually telling her to stay away from citizenship".
Young voters in Tennessee can stand with Swift, for example, when she supports candidates who will fight for "ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love", as she wrote in her post.
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The 10-time-Grammy-winning singer's comments drew praise on the left and derision on the right, including from former Arizona governor Mike Huckabee, who said the move would not make a difference to the election's outcome "unless we allow 13-year-olds to vote".
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Vote.org, the website she linked to, reported almost as many new Tennessee registrants in the 36 hours after the singer's post as in the entire month of September, and more than double the number from August. The site typically has 14,078 average daily visitors, Guthrie said. "And let's say that I like her music 25 per cent less now, okay?"
Swift's strongly-worded Instagram post has provoked a massive reaction among her fans, both positive and negative, and now President Trump has weighed in while speaking to reporters outside the White House.
In a number of states, the deadline to register to vote is today, October 9th.
On Monday morning we reported that Taylor Swift had broken her silence on politics in America.
The country-turned-pop singer made headlines over the weekend for sharing an Instagram post in which she encouraged her 112 million followers to register to vote.