DALLAS – Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Has repeatedly reached out to singer Taylor Swift since 2018 to meet and discuss their differences, but they have not come together, she said Saturday as she followed up with the latest remarks that Swift would be one of the “first victims” of a socialist regime.
Speaking to Fox News at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Blackburn reiterated her statements from an earlier interview with Breitbart News, in which she said Swift would be the first to be annulled if “Marxism” was implemented across the country. She called on celebrities, companies and figures on the left to divert their attention away from annulling other Americans and against the behavior and mistreatment of people by the Chinese Communist Party.
Asked whether her specific reference to Swift was due to the singer̵
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“I think she’s incredibly talented. We’m lucky that Nashville is at the center of her creative universe,” Blackburn said of Swift. “What we were talking about was that it was entertainers like Taylor Swift who would be the first victims of a socialist, Marxist regime because they do not allow freedom of speech or freedom of expression. They cling to it. They tell you what you ‘you have to sing and what you want to say. How you want to act. They have the responsibility.’
When asked about her efforts to meet with Swift, she told Fox she would “work with anyone who wants to improve Tennessee’s lives.” Swift came out of the political sidelines in 2018 for sharply criticizing Blackburn and joining his Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen, causing a media frenzy, especially from liberals who for a long time strangely strangely suspected she was a secret Donald Trump supporter .
Blackburn went on to beat the media coverage of conservatives in relation to celebrities, accusing the pressure from the left as the reason for celebrities and companies to push policies further away from what people actually believe.
“Well what [the media] will do is to shame conservatives … and they praise [celebrities] to be awake, “said Blackburn.” And you see this in companies that have felt the pressure from the left, pushing for a policy that they feel leads these companies further to the left in diversity, equity, inclusion and then all of a sudden people go ‘hey, wait a minute, it’s not what I think. ‘ “
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“I think Nike is a good example. [They] issued a statement that they are ‘of China and for China’ … Are they saying they are for this communist regime committing genocide? … Or does it take intellectual property rights? So you can not have it either way, ”she added, before suggesting that celebrities, companies and the media should instead criticize the Chinese Communist Party for their theft of intellectual property, treatment of the Uighur people and handling of coronavirus.
Blackburn also told Fox News that she would always be willing to work with celebrities, including Swift, to protect their intellectual property rights from future threats.
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“I welcome any further opportunity to work with Tennessee and the nation’s creative community to protect intellectual property and ensure appropriate compensation for their creations,” she said.