Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Taylor Swift's Instagram post has caused a massive spike in voter registration

Taylor Swift's Instagram post has caused a massive spike in voter registration

Her post stirred widespread reaction on social media, largely along partisan lines, and drew a reaction from Trump on Monday.

In case you missed it, Taylor Swift ended her own political silence with a powerful Instagram statement earlier this week and people are living for it.

Trump said Blackburn is a "tremendous woman", despite Swift's arguments against her.

Kamari Guthrie, the director of communications at Vote.org, told BuzzFeed News that voter registrations increased by 65,000 in the first 24-hour period after Swift's post.

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. I can not support Marsha Blackburn.

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Tennessee Senate hopeful Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) reacted specifically to a line in Taylor Swift's Instagram post that questioned her Congressional voting record on women issues. Phil Bredesen is feeling pretty good about what she had to say.

Swift got political for the very first time on Sunday (Oct. 7), sharing her support for two Tennessee democrats in the races for Senate and House of Representatives.

Nadine Hubbs, professor of women's studies and music at the University of MI, and author of "Rednecks, Queers and Country Music, " notes that Swift's statement doesn't ever mention political parties, but instead focuses on issues like human rights, LGBTQ rights, equal pay and racial discrimination.

Swift's Instagram post had recommended people visit the website Vote.org.

Conservatives were quick to criticize Swift. "I'm sure Taylor Swift doesn't know anything about her. Let's say that I like Taylor's music about 25% less now, OK?" In her post, Swift outlined the issues that drew her into the political arena after a lifetime spent determinedly outside it.

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Although not on the list of candidates supported by Everytown or Giffords, while on the campaign trail the Democrat has backed universal background checks as well as bans on bump stocks.

Vote.org acknowledged it was not possible to measure the direct impact of Swift's move, but Mr Brooks noted the surge in young voters was in line with Swift's youthful fan base.

The vote.org spokeswoman said, "Thank God for Taylor Swift".

Blackburn has hit back at Ms Swift, saying she thinks her constituents care more about her being endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce and the National Rifle Association, than a pop star.

West and Swift engaged in a years-long feud after West interrupted Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Tennessee, a Republican-leaning state, is set to vote on 6 November in an election that could frustrate the U.S. president's legislative agenda for the rest of his two-year term if his party loses its majorities in Congress.

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