Sen. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnWarren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack Overnight Hillicon Valley — Scrutiny over Instagram's impact on teens US gymnasts offer scathing assessment of FBI MORE (R-Tenn.) said during an interview published this week that Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison SwiftBlackburn: 'Taylor Swift would be the first victim' of socialism, Marxism California police officer plays Taylor Swift to prevent protesters' video from being posted to YouTube The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Social media flooded with 'ring of fire' eclipse photos MORE, who came out against her ahead of the 2018 midterms, and other performers would be “the first victim” of a socialist or Marxist government.
“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,’ ” Blackburn told Breitbart News.
“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,” she continued, adding that such governments “don't allow protection of private intellectual property rights.”
It was unclear to which societies the Tennessee Republican was referring.
“I know the left is all out now and trying to change country music and make it woke,” she added.
Swift, who has a home in Nashville, noted in 2018 that she had "been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions," came out against Blackburn and other Republicans ahead of that year's elections.
“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,” Swift wrote on Instagram.
In her "Miss Americana" Netflix documentary in 2020, Swift was again critical of the senator's policies, calling her "Trump in a wig."
The Hill has reached out to Universal Music Group, which owns the record label Swift is currently signed with, Republic Records, for comment.
--Updated on July 14 at 6:28 a.m.