Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has said that musician Taylor Swift would be the “first victim” if Marxism came to dominate the U.S., suggesting the multiple Grammy Award-winning singer wouldn’t be able to perform.
Blackburn made the remarks in an interview with Breitbart News on Friday. She and Swift have clashed before as the singer publicly came out against the senator’s election in 2018 and endorsed her Democratic opponent.
The Republican said that she had spoken with friends who are in the music industry and previously warned them about the dangers of a “socialistic” regime coming to power.
Blackburn said: “When I’m talking to my friends who are musicians and entertainers, I say, ‘If — if we have a socialistic government, if we have Marxism, you are going to be the first ones who will be caught off because the state would have to approve your music.'”
“And, you know, Taylor Swift, came after me and my 2018 campaign, but Taylor Swift would be the first victim of that because when you look at Marxist, socialist societies, they do not allow women to dress, or sing, or be on stage, or to entertain or the type [of] music that she would have,” she said.
“They don’t allow protection of private intellectual property rights,” the senator added.
Blackburn also discussed country music – a genre with which Swift is intimately associated – and warned that some people are trying to make it “woke.”
“When you talk about country music, and I know the left is all out now and trying to change country music and make it woke,” she said.
“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,” Swift wrote.
“Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn,” her post went on. “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.”
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 appeared to reference Swift’s song “All Too Well” in a tweet this week praising conservative country singer Aaron Lewis’ new song criticizing Democrats.
Newsweek has asked Senator Marsha Blackburn and Universal Music Group for comment.