Oct 8, 2018

Taylor Swift endorses Democratic candidates ahead of midterms

Taylor Swift singing at a concert.

Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/TAS18 via Getty Images

Taylor Swift endorsed two Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee ahead of the midterm elections on Sunday night — Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and House incumbent Jim Cooper — after years of avoiding politics.

Why it matters: "I cannot 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," Swift wrote on Instagram. Her decision comes as Kanye West, her longtime musical foe, has vocally increased his support for President Trump — and as everything is becoming politically radicalized, Axios' Jim Vandehei wrote Sunday, from television shows to the NFL.

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