On October 24, 2018, the article I wrote, “Taylor Swift and Politics”, was uploaded to The Viking Voice. It was regarding Taylor Swift’s political advice on who to vote for during the recent election. Now I am writing about the results of the November 6th election in Nashville to talk about whether or not Taylor Swift’s publicity towards Phil Bredessen really worked.

On November 6th, 2018, Marsha Blackburn (a Republican candidate) became a senator on behalf of Nashville.

Now I know what you’re thinking: “Wait, so Taylor Swift’s endorsements of Bredessen really didn’t work?” The answer to that is, “Yes!”

If you didn’t read the part one to this article, I wrote, “People vote for what makes their lives better. It’s up to the voter to be influenced by the candidate not by a pop star selling records…I feel that American citizens should stick to their beliefs and not have to feel obligated to vote for someone just because their idol thinks otherwise.” I knew since October 24th that Taylor Swift’s efforts were not going to work, not in a negative way, but I was just thinking reality wise. For example, according to the Washington Post, Trump won Nashville, Tennessee, 60.7%, making the state mostly Republican, meaning that most people within the state would vote for a Republican so they can pass more things through office and help their leader President Donald Trump.

Now that we got all of the background out of the way, you may ask, “What does this have to do with Taylor Swift?” The answer is the fact that Taylor Swift FLOODED her Instagram with photos of followers that voted. However, Bredessen didn’t win. So this goes back to the idea that celebrities should not get mixed up with politics because it is a hard game to play, and it’s hard for a rich and famous person to convince someone to vote for the same person that they are going to vote for.

This also goes back to our presidential election. For example, celebrities like Demi Lovato, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Madonna, and SO MANY MORE endorsed Hillary Clinton and even brought her on stage at their performances and Donald Trump still won.

People vote for who will change THEIR lives for the better, because, at the end of the day, every vote counts because someone’s future depends on it.


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