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Laura Ingraham Tells Taylor Swift to ‘Shake It Off’ After Blackburn Wins Tennessee Senate Race

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Fox News Channel host Laura Ingraham mocked Taylor Swift after the pop star’s endorsement of Democratic Tennessee Senate candidate Phil Bredesen failed to help him get elected Tuesday evening.

“Hey @taylorswift13, haters gonna hate,” Laura Ingraham tweeted to Taylor Swift, adding the hashtag #shakeitoff, a reference to the singer’s smash single from her 2014 album 1989.

Later in the evening, the Fox News host spared Swift from her list of the midterm election’s “biggest losers,” which including former President Barack Obama, liberal billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer, and talk show legend Oprah Winfrey, whose endorsement appears to have failed to capitulate Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to victory.

Swift in October shocked the political world with her endorsement of Bredesen, which marked the first time the songstress had revealed her political leanings. In a lengthy Instagram post, Swift told her nearly 113 million followers that she was backing the Democratic Senate nominee due to her support of LGBTQ rights. The singer also claimed she could not support Blackburn because of the United States’ “systemic racism.”

“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,” Swift wrote. “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.”

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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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“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,” the singer added. “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.”

Even an 11th-hour get-out-the-vote-style plea from the “Delicate” singer wasn’t enough to help take down Blackburn.

“It’s not enough to just want change. It’s not enough to just want to vote,” Swift said in a video shared to Instagram hours before the polls closed. “You have to go and make change by voting and today is your opportunity to do that. I promise you it feels so wonderful to exercise that right that you have.”

Despite Swift’s efforts, Blackburn handily defeated Bredesen 54.7 percent to 43.9 percent after 99% of the votes were counted.

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