Tennessee Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn is trying to shake it off after Taylor Swift criticized her political platform and supported her running opponent.
“Tennesseans are more interested in the fact that Marsha Blackburn is endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, by the Fraternal Order of Police, by the Police Benevolent Association and by the National Rifle Association, where I have an A rating in their endorsement,” Blackburn contended in the new interview.
The 28-year-old Swift, who has been notoriously tight-lipped about politics in the past, explained why she isn’t voting for Blackburn in a lengthy Instagram post Sunday night while encouraging her fans to register to vote for the mid-term elections.
“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,” Swift wrote. “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.”
Swift’s stressing the need to vote seems to have greatly resonated with fans, as a whopping 65,000 people registered within 24 hours of the singer sharing the post, according to Vote.org. The organization also saw a major uptick in the number of new registrations from the 18-to-29-year-old demographic in the aftermath of Swift’s statement.
Blackburn, however, refuted Swift’s comments about her.
“Of course I support women and I want violence to end against women,” Blackburn told Fox Business. “I’ve been very active in abuse shelters and child advocacy centers. I’ve been advocating for women in equal pay since I was 19 years old and making certain woman have the opportunity for maximum pay and I have a good record on that.”