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Taylor Swift goes political, declares support for Democrats in US midterms

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

finally made a political statement Sunday as she endorsed and for the upcoming US midterm elections.

The singer, who has kept her political views to herself despite severe pressure in the past, took to and said does not have her support as the stands for everything that are "not my values".

In a lengthy post, Swift explained she was reluctant to "publicly voice" her political opinions, but due to several events in her life and in the world in the past two years, she feels very differently about it 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," she said.

The "Reputation" added she regrets not voting for a woman.

"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 in the state of is a woman named As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support

"Her voting record in 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 values. I will be voting for for and for "

Swift said she will cast her vote in Tennessee in the upcoming midterm elections on November 6. She also urged people to register to vote and do their bit on the D-Day.

thanked the for her support on

"Thank you for the kind words @taylorswift13. I'm honored to have your support and that of so many Tennesseans who are ready to put aside the partisan shouting and get things done. We're ready for it," he wrote.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 10:45 IST