Taylor Swift calls Tennessee senator 'Trump in a wig' in new Netflix doc
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Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison SwiftTaylor Swift sends ,000 to two fans worried about bills amid coronavirus Selfless acts: How Americans are helping each other through the coronavirus REM song about 'end of the world' back on iTunes top 100 amid coronavirus MORE is blasting Sen. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTrump must cut our dependence on Chinese drugs — whatever it takes Senate passes House's coronavirus aid bill, sending it to Trump Nikki Haley expected to endorse Loeffler in Senate race MORE as "Trump in a wig," saying the Tennessee Republican "represents no female interests."

The comments from the once politically mum "Lover" singer come from her new Netflix documentary, "Miss Americana," released Friday.

Swift broke her career-long virtual silence on politics in 2018, when she announced on Instagram that she was voting for former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) in his Senate bid against Blackburn, urging her social media followers to cast ballots in the midterm elections.

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"I need to be on the right side of history. And if he doesn't win, at least I tried," The 30-year-old Grammy winner is seen telling her team in "Miss Americana."

Despite Swift's political push, Bredesen lost to Blackburn in the race.

In the documentary, Swift says she "can't believe" Blackburn's win.

The performer condemns Blackburn for voting in 2013 against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and for her stance on LGBTQ issues.

"It's really basic human rights, and it's right and wrong at this point, and I can't see another commercial and see her disguising these policies behind the words 'Tennessee Christian values,'" Swift says in the Netflix film. "Those aren't Tennessee Christian values. I live in Tennessee. I'm a Christian. That's not what we stand for."

"She gets to be the first female senator in Tennessee, and she's Trump in a wig," she adds. "She represents no female interests. She won by being a female applying to the kind of female males want us to be in a horrendous 1950s world."

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Blackburn's office didn't respond to ITK's request for comment about Swift's remarks but provided a statement the lawmaker issued Thursday, just hours before "Miss Americana's" premiere.

“Taylor is an exceptionally gifted artist and songwriter, and Nashville is fortunate to be the center of her creative universe," Blackburn said of the country-turned-pop star.

"While there are policy issues on which we may always disagree, we do agree on the need to throw the entertainment community’s collective influence behind legislation protecting songwriters, musicians, and artists from censorship, copyright theft, and profiteering," Blackburn continued in her statement. 

Calling Congress’s passing of the Music Modernization Act in 2018 a "huge win for creators," Blackburn said, "Growing support behind the AM-FM Act will close loopholes blocking compensation for radio play."

"I welcome any further opportunities to work with Tennessee’s and the nation’s creative communities to protect intellectual property and ensure appropriate compensation for their creations. On that note, I wish Taylor the best — she’s earned it," said Blackburn.

"It's not that I want to step into this," Swift tells the camera of her newfound political activism in the documentary, "I just can't not at this point."