Wingnuts Rage After Taylor Swift Endorses Democrats

CNBC reports:

Taylor Swift usually stays out of the political fray, but this year, with just a month to go until midterm elections, the pop superstar is getting involved in a big way.

Swift stunned the pop culture and political worlds Sunday night with a lengthy, impassioned Instagram post in which she endorsed Democrats Phil Bredesen and Rep. Jim Cooper in their Tennessee U.S. Senate and House races, respectively.

“In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now,” Swift wrote. She has 112 million followers on Instagram.

Mother Jones reports:

“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. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values,” the singer wrote [about Sen. Marsha Blackburn].

Though the Grammy winner has occasionally voiced support for progressive issues, Swift’s reluctance to speak out on political issues more often has been subject to criticism in the past. The star’s popularity within the alt-Right—and her initial failure to explicitly denounce them—was perceived by many on the Left as a tacit endorsement of Donald Trump. But with Sunday explicitly partisan post, she’s come under fire from the Right.