Hayley Williams, Taylor Swift and Mike Huckabee
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Taylor Swift broke her longstanding political silence yesterday with a message against Republican Marsha Blackburn’s run for a U.S. Senate seat. Now, Paramore‘s Hayley Williams has come to the pop star’s defense after former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee criticized the “End Game” singer’s hold on politics, saying her stance “won’t impact election unless we allow 13 yr old girls to vote.”

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“here we have a man in power mocking a woman’s value and impact out of what i can only assume is fear,” Williams tweeted. “not fear of an election result but fear of a powerful woman [whose] power he now realizes he can not benefit from.”

It’s just the latest blowback from democracy-minded artists as they stand in disgusted awe of the far right’s meltdown over Swift’s explicit endorsement of Democratic candidates for Senate and House positions representing Tennessee.

“So [Taylor Swift] has every right to be political,” Huckabee says in his pro-Blackburn tweet from Monday. “but it won’t impact [the] election unless we allow 13 yr old girls to vote. Still with #MarshaBlackburn”

Of course, all of this follows the gross confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court following a farce of an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against the judge that was limited from the start. So why should we be surprised that Republican politicians are no longer even attempting to veil their contempt for women?

Hayley followed her initial comment with some more tweets: “and who in their right mind underestimates a 13 year old girl anyway?!!” she asks. “who publicly mock a woman’s political standings by dubbing an entire generation powerless?”

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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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