Taylor Swift says she wants to get more involved in politics
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Singer Taylor Swift, who was once famously silent on her political views, said Wednesday that she wants to get more involved in politics.

In an essay for Elle magazine on 30 lessons she has learned ahead of her 30th birthday, the “Shake it Off” singer said she is now “finding [her] voice in terms of politics” and wants to "do more to help" ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

“I took a lot of time educating myself on the political system and the branches of government that are signing off on bills that affect our day-to-day life,” Swift wrote. “I saw so many issues that put our most vulnerable citizens at risk, and felt like I had to speak up to try and help make a change.”

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Swift broke her silence on politics before the 2018 midterms through her Instagram account to endorse former Democratic Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen in the state’s Senate race. Bredesen ultimately lost to then-Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnConservative groups defend tech from GOP crackdown Lawmakers weigh challenges in fighting robocalls Senators show deep skepticism on Space Force proposal MORE (R), whose voting record Swift said “appalls and terrifies” her.

Swift admitted in her Elle essay that she did not feel “informed enough” until recently to speak about politics to her 114 million Instagram followers.

Without naming any politicians, Swift criticized leaders for “invoking racism and provoking fear through thinly veiled messaging,” and said she now realizes it is her “responsibility” to use her status as a celebrity to speak out about issues close to her.

“I realized that it actually is my responsibility to use my influence against that disgusting rhetoric,” she wrote. “I’m going to do more to help. We have a big race coming up next year.”