The numbers swell after the singer slams Republican candidate's voting record
Julian Marszalek
10:45 9th October 2018

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Now here’s another reason to believe in karma – no sooner does President of the United States Donald Trump declare that he likes Taylor Swift a quarter less than he did before because of her voting intentions, then the US voter registration service experiences a spike in numbers.

Funny that, eh?

So let’s recap: much like the Queen but without the corgis, pop’s own royalty, Taylor Swift, has long kept silent about her political beliefs. All of this dramatically changed on Sunday (7 October) when Swift made public her support for the Democrats in the upcoming US mid-term elections.

“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 on Instagram as she encouraged her 112m followers to register and vote.

“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 colour is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”

She added that she would not be supporting the Republican State candidate, Marsha Blackburn. “Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me,” she said, adding that she would instead vote for the Democrat candidates Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper.

Donald Trump hit back saying: “Marsha Blackburn is doing a very good job in Tennessee. She’s leading now substantially, which she should. She’s a tremendous woman. I’m sure Taylor Swift doesn’t know anything about her. Let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25% less now, OK?”

But while his like goes down, Swift’s words have had the opposite effect in her adopted home state of Tennessee.

“We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift's post,” said Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for told Buzzfeed.

"Thank God for Taylor Swift," added Guthrie.

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