GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn continues long-running Taylor Swift feud with bizarre "Marxism" rant

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., "criticized the left for making country music 'woke'"

Published July 10, 2021 4:40PM (EDT)

Taylor Swift, left, and Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. (Getty Images)
Taylor Swift, left, and Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. (Getty Images)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has started another fire taking aim, yet again, at pop singer Taylor Swift. Speaking to the right-wing media outlet Breitbart, the Republican lawmaker "criticized the left for making country music "woke," according to Insider.

Blackburn also insisted entertainers like the "Shake it Off" singer would suffer in a Marxist, socialist-driven society. "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," Blackburn said. "They don't allow protection of private intellectual property rights."

She added, "Taylor Swift came after me in my 2018 campaign, but Taylor Swift would be the first victim."

Blackburn's latest remarks follow Swift's criticism of the lawmaker. In an Instagram post shared in 2018, Swift noted Blackburn's voting record as she explained why she would not support her.

"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."

Back in 2020, Swift also took a subliminal jab at Blackburn during her Netflix documentary "Miss Americana." Sharing her reaction to Blackburn's Senate victory, Swift said, "She gets to be the first female senator in Tennessee, and she's Trump in a wig."

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