Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has said that musician Taylor Swift would be the “first victim” if Marxism came to dominate the United States, suggesting that the multiple Grammy-winning singer would not be able to perform .
Blackburn made the remarks in an interview with Breitbart News on Friday. She and Swift have clashed in the past when the singer publicly came out against the senator’s election in 2018 and supported her Democratic opponent.
The Republican said she had talked to friends who are in the music business and previously warned them of the dangers of a “socialist” regime coming to power.
Blackburn said: “When I speak to my friends who are musicians and entertainers, I say: ̵
“And you know, Taylor Swift, followed me and my 2018 campaign, but Taylor Swift would be the first victim of it, because when you look at Marxist, socialist societies, they do not allow women to dress or sing or be on. the stage or for entertainment or the type [of] music that she wanted, ”she said.
“They do not allow the protection of private intellectual property rights,” the senator added.
Blackburn also discussed country music – a genre that Swift is closely associated with – and warned that some people were trying to make it “awake”.
“When you talk about country music and I know the left is out now trying to change country music and make it wake up,” she said.
In 2018, Swift came out against Blackburn’s election in a post on Instagram. At the time, Blackburn was running against former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesden for an open Senate seat.
“In the past, I have been reluctant to express my political opinions in public, but due to several events in my life and in the last two years, I feel very different about it now,” Swift wrote.
“Running for the Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn,” her position continued. “As much as I have done in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her right to vote in Congress shakes and scares me.
“She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the law approving the law on violence against women, which seeks to protect women from domestic violence, persecution and rape. She believes companies have the right to refuse service to gay couples. “She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values.”
Swift and Blackburn have clashed since the 2018 election. In her 2020 Netflix documentary Miss Americana, Swift called Blackburn “Trump in a wig,” while the senator apparently referred to Swift’s song “All Too Well” in a tweet this week in which he praised conservative country singer Aaron Lewis’ new song that criticized Democrats.
Newsweek has asked Senator Marsha Blackburn and Universal Music Group for comment.