President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE said Monday he likes Taylor Swift's music "25 percent" less after her endorsement of the Democrat in Tennessee’s Senate race.
When told of Swift's endorsement, Trump called Republican candidate Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnBig Tech should pay for damaging mental health Facebook to testify in Senate after report finds Instagram harms mental health House Oversight Democrat presses Facebook for 'failure' to protect users MORE a "tremendous woman" and said the pop star "doesn't know anything about her."
"Let's say that I like Taylor's music about 25 percent less now, OK?" Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House after returning from a trip to Florida.
Swift broke her career-long silence on politics on Sunday when she endorsed former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) over Blackburn for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP How leaving Afghanistan cancels our post-9/11 use of force The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her MORE (R). She also backed a Democratic House candidate in the state.
“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 on Instagram. “I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim CooperJim CooperOn The Trail: Census kicks off a wild redistricting cycle Biden emboldens establishment Democrats with ballot box wins Overnight Defense: Military justice overhaul included in defense bill | Pentagon watchdog to review security of 'nuclear football' | Pentagon carries out first air strike in Somalia under Biden MORE for House of Representatives.”
“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,” she added.
Swift, who spent many of her formative years in Tennessee, also voiced strong support for LGBTQ rights in her post.
“I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country,” she wrote. “I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”