Anti-GOP Taylor Swift is dropping a surprise album tonight, July 23, 2020, called “Folklore.”
Given Swift’s political comments and progressive lyrics over the last couple of years, it begs the question as to whether this album will include anti-GOP or anti-Trump sentiment.
The timing for this surprise album drop is also curious, considering the upcoming presidential and congressional elections, which includes some volatile seats in the Senate.
As far as President Trump goes, Swift has never been a fan and is hasty to take his words out of context. Last May Swift suggested Trump pushes white supremacy, which there’s no evidence for, and suggested he is pushing violence.
“After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November. @realdonaldtrump”
After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November. @realdonaldtrump
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 29, 2020
Swift failed to mention that the people who Trump was referring to were violent criminals who have, over the past few months, killed many innocent people including a black retired police officer, David Dorn, who was defending a small business against looting.
For most of her career, Swift was known for being apolitical in her music and public statements. However, in 2018 Swift shocked the internet by making an overtly political statement. Weeks before the first midterm elections during the Trump administration, Swift aggressively urged her followers in Tennessee to vote against Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn who was running for Senate.
Despite Swift’s plea, Blackburn won the election.
Swift noted that while she supports the idea of women in leadership positions, she would not be supporting Blackburn and instead would be supporting her opponent, Democrat candidate Phil Bredesen.
Swift falsely accused Blackburn of many allegations. Notably, Swift suggested that Blackburn is anti-woman because of her opposition to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and equal pay for women.
“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.”
What Swift failed to mention about Blackburn’s opposition to the VAWA is that there were TWO bills presented, both of which included exclusive protections for women found in cases of workplace or domestic violence. Blackburn opposed the VAWA but supported the alternative bill.
The VAWA has been around for years and every time it is reauthorized it brings on more legislative riders that have nothing to do with protecting women. For example, the VAWA that Blackburn opposed included forcing religious-based institutions that house battered women to also include transgender men who identify as women. Blackburn saw this as counterproductive to housing battered women, considering that these shelters are supposed to isolate women from men while the battered women are recovering. The alternative bill would have protected women while stripping away the unnecessary riders included in the VAWA.
So no, Swift, Blackburn does not oppose the protection of women. Blackburn herself is a woman.
As far as “equal pay” goes, Blackburn does not oppose equal pay for women but rather did not agree with the legislative means by which Congress was going about it. Thus she opposed the bill.
Again, Blackburn is very much a woman. Why would she oppose equal pay for women?
There’s more deception to the rest of Swift’s post. Look it up when you have the chance.
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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. 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. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. 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. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. 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. 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. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! ???
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Below is a list of song titles to be included on the album, some of which sound as if they hold great potential for anti-conservative sentiment.
- “The 1”
- “The Last Great American Dynasty”
- “Exile” (featuring Bon Iver)
- “My Tears Ricochet”
- “This is Me Trying”
- “Illicit Affairs”
- “Invisible String”
- “Mad Woman”
- “The Lakes” (Bonus Track)
All that to say, it is reasonable to assume two things: First, Swift’s album is likely to include anti-conservative narratives. Second, the narratives will be falsely constructed.