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Taylor Swift changes her tune and gets political for 1st time

Taylor Swift changes her tune and gets political for 1st time”

According to Guthrie, Vote.org had its second-busiest day of the year after Swift's post with 155,940 unique visitors to its website, making it the site's biggest day since National Voter Registration Day on September 25, when the site saw 304,942 unique visitors, up from a daily average of 14,078 visitors.

After 24-hours and almost two million Instagram likes later, Vote.org said Tennessee voter registration jumped 65,000 in a day.

The number of new voters in Tennessee also spiked, she said, with 2,144 signing up in the more than a day since Swift's encouragement.

By way of comparison, there were 190,178 new voter registrations in the entire month of September and 56,669 in August, Guthrie said.

The old video went viral Tuesday after singer-songwriter Swift broke her political silence and berated Tennessee's GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, in a weekend Instagram post.

In her lengthy Instagram post over the weekend, Swift bashed Blackburn, writing, "As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I can not support Marsha Blackburn".

On Sunday, Swift bashed Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn. "Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me", Swift writes.

Swift said the congresswoman "voted against equal pay for women".

Taylor Swift may have risked her reputation to endorse two Democratic congressional nominees in Tennessee, but according to Vote.org, her Instagram post Sunday has inspired a surge in voter registration.

Former Star Trek actor George Takei was among those welcoming Swift's declaration ahead of what are expected to be polarizing elections in November.

Swift, who has 112 million followers on Instagram, encouraged her fans to register to vote. "She also believes they should not have the right to marry". She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples.

The president was asked for his reaction to the snub and told reporters at the White House he was "sure Taylor Swift doesn't know anything" about Blackburn. They are running for the Senate and House of Representatives, respectively.

Swift said she could not "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".

"For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100 percent on every issue, but we have to vote anyway", Swift wrote.

Blackburn's campaign didn't comment on Swift's post, but President Trump did.



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