Sen. Marsha Blackburn escalates feud with Taylor Swift, says singer would be the ‘first victim’ of socialism

Taylor Swift (left), Tennessee senator Marsha Blackburn (right)
Taylor Swift (left) and Tennessee senator Marsha Blackburn (right)

  • Sen. Marsha Blackburn escalated her feud with Taylor Swift in an interview with Breitbart.
  • The GOP senator said singers like Taylor Swift would be the “first victims” of socialism.
  • The two have been feuding since 2018 when Swift called Blackburn “Trump in a wig.”
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Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn has reignited her long-running feud with pop star Taylor Swift.

In an interview with right-wing news outlet Breitbart, the Tennessee senator criticized the left for making country music “woke” and said that singers like Swift would suffer under a socialist government.

“If we have a socialistic government, if we have Marxism, you are going to be the first ones who will be cut off because the state would have to approve your music,” she said.

“When you look at Marxist socialistic societies, they do not allow women to dress or sing or be on stage or to entertain or the type of music she would have. They don’t allow protection of private intellectual property rights.”

“Taylor Swift came after me in my 2018 campaign, but Taylor Swift would be the first victim”, she said.

Swift first criticized Blackburn during the 2018 midterm elections in a lengthy Instagram post. Her comments were widely reported at the time, being the first time the singer spoke publicly about her political views.

A post shared by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift)

“As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn,” Swift wrote at the time.

“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.”

At the time, The Washington Post reported that more than 169,000 people registered to vote on Vote.org in the 48 hours after Swift’s post.

Despite Swift’s intervention, Blackburn went on to win the Senate seat.

Taylor Swift’s 2020 Netflix documentary Miss Americana showed the pop star reacting to the Tennessee politician’s victory.

“She gets to be the first female senator in Tennessee, and she’s Trump in a wig,” Swift said.

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GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn says being called a ‘Neanderthal’ is actually a good thing after Biden criticized states for lifting mask mandates

Marsha Blackburn
Sen. Marsha Blackburn.

  • GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn defended Neanderthals after Biden called some states’ decisions to lift mask mandates “Neanderthal thinking.”
  • “Neanderthals are hunter-gatherers, they’re protectors of their family, they are resilient, they’re resourceful, they tend to their own,” Blackburn said.
  • Lawmakers and members of the public mocked Blackburn by pointing out that Neanderthals are extinct.
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Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee defended Neanderthals after President Joe Biden criticized Texas and Mississippi for lifting their mask mandates and called the decision “Neanderthal thinking.”

“I hope everyone’s realized by now these masks make a difference,” Biden told reporters Wednesday. “The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything’s fine, take off your mask, forget it. It still matters.”

In a Fox Business interview Thursday morning, Blackburn suggested it was actually a good thing to be called a Neanderthal.

“Neanderthals are hunter-gatherers, they’re protectors of their family, they are resilient, they’re resourceful, they tend to their own,” the GOP senator said. “So, I think Joe Biden needs to rethink what he is saying.”

Shortly after she made the comment, fellow lawmakers and members of the public mocked Blackburn and pointed out that her use of the present tense was incorrect given that Neanderthals are extinct.

The president on Wednesday emphasized that it was “critical” for officials to “follow the science.”

“Wash your hands – hot water, do it frequently – wear a mask, and stay socially distanced,” he told reporters. “I know you all know that. I wish to heck some of our elected officials knew it.”

States across the country have begun easing their COVID-19 restrictions as the country continues to see a drop in new cases and hospitalizations. Biden also announced earlier this week that Johnson & Johnson is collaborating with rival pharmaceutical giant Merck to expand the production of J&J’s vaccine.

As a result of the partnership, Biden said, the US is on track to have enough vaccine doses for every American adult by the end of May.

Biden added that he hoped the country would be back to normal “by this time next year.” But he stressed that Americans need to “continue to be smart” about following COVID-19 guidelines.

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