Taylor Swift decided to break radio silence and enter the political arena on Sunday night. but for her first endorsement, it didn’t go down too well.
Not only did she receive backlash for her endorsement, but Taylor also has been called out by many for straight up lying about Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn.
Taylor Swift said in an Instagram post that she just could not vote for Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), citing mostly LGBT issues.
In the attack on Marsha Blackburn, Taylor badly misrepresented Blackburn’s positions and made out as if the Republican candidate for Senate is a bigot and a “hater.”
“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. The singer added that Blackburn’s “voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.”
The problem is that Taylor Swift used a bunch of talking points published by the LGBT activist group GLAAD.
“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. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples,” Swift declared.
Each of these claims massively misrepresented Marsha Blackburn’s positions.
“You know, I’ve always said that I didn’t want to be given a job because I was a female, I wanted it because I was the most well-qualified for the job,” the congresswoman said in 2013. “And making certain that companies are going to move forward in that vein, that is what women want.”
“They don’t want the decisions made in Washington. They want to be able to have the power and the control and the ability to make those decisions for themselves,” Blackburn said.
As the Heritage Foundation’s Andrew Grossman explained, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is a terrible idea because it would eliminate the limitations period on legal claims. Limitations periods block lawsuits where defensive evidence is likely to be stale or expired and prevent a gaming of the system
“Perversely, it could actually put women, minorities, and workers who are vocal about their rights at a disadvantage if employers attempt to reduce risk by hiring fewer individuals likely to file suit against them,”
The Wall Street Journal‘s Kimberley Strassel has also denounced it as “a trial lawyer pay-out.”
Marsha Blackburn emphatically wants equal pay for equal work, but she sees through the BS rhetoric and refuses to support a terrible bill.
On discrimination against gay couples, Taylor Swift made the claim that, “I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender [identity] is WRONG.” She then claimed that Marsha Blackburn would “not be willing to fight for dignity” for LGBT Americans.
Swift also made the claim that “She [Blackburn] believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples.”
This is 100% false, and a terrible smear that ignores the important issues that are at stake. Many extreme LGBT activists make the claim that religious business owners who refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings are discriminating against people on the basis of sexual orientation.
This is very false, as illustrated by the Supreme Court case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (2018). In that case, Jack Phillips a Baker who refused to craft a cake celebrating a same-sex wedding offered to sell the gay couple any cake he sells to anyone else.
As pointed out by Tyler O’Neil at PJ Media:
Baker Jack Phillips and so many others like him are choosing not to endorse same-sex weddings because they believe marriage is between one man and one woman. Bakers, florists, photographers, and others will gladly serve LGBT people, they just won’t endorse an LGBT event by providing special cakes, floral arrangements, or other artistic efforts to celebrate the event. (By the way, Jack Phillips is under fire again, and the media is lying about his case.)
When The Tennesseean asked Marsha Blackburn if businesses “should be allowed to withhold their services to same-sex couples,” the congresswoman said she would protect religious freedom.
“People of faith should be free to practice their beliefs as guaranteed by our Constitution,” she said. “They should never be punished for their beliefs based on conscience and their understanding of Scripture. In the Senate, I will continue to work to ensure our religious beliefs are protected.”
This defense of religious freedom echoed the acts of Jack Phillips and others — who gladly serve same-sex couples but refuse to create art celebrating a same-sex wedding as a wedding. The issue is not about discrimination, but about forcing religious people to celebrate something they disagree with.
On the Violence Against Women Act Taylor Swift attacked the congresswoman for voting against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), “which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape.” she said. This attack from Swift suggested that Marsha Blackburn opposes legislation to protect women in these horrific situations.
This is a flat out lie.
“As a mother and grandmother, it is extremely important to me that VAWA is reauthorized in order to ensure that victims of violence have access to the care they need and the justice they deserve. Many of the women in Congress, like me, have worked in their own states to establish domestic violence and child advocacy centers,” Marsha Blackburn said in
Marsha Blackburn was only opposed to the reauthorization of VAWA in 2013, when the bill at the time was expanded to include special clauses for LGBT people, Native Americans, and also illegal immigrants.
“When you start to make this about other things it becomes an ‘against violence act,’ and not a targeted focus act,” Marsha Blackburn explained. “I didn’t like the way it was expanded to include other different groups.”
“What you need is something that is focused specifically to help the shelters and to help out law enforcement, who is trying to work with the crimes that have been committed against women and helping them to stand up,” Blackburn added.
Simply put, Marsha Blackburn does support the Violence Against Women Act.
No doubt Taylor Swift‘s false attacks on Blackburn will get headlines and get everyone buzzing about November. But Swift’s endorsement won’t move the needle in the Tennessee governor’s race. A new CBS poll found congresswoman Marsha Blackburn eight points ahead of her Democratic challenger, former governor Phil Bredesen.
However, it’s very disappointing for Taylor Swift — long known for her silence on every political issue — to jump straight into the political arena with
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