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Taylor Swift endorses Biden, Harris for 2020 election

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FILE – Taylor Swift attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images For dcp)

WASHINGTON (SBG) — Country musician-turned-pop superstar Taylor Swift has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris for the 2020 presidential election.

Speaking with V Magazine, Swift said America "has a chance to start the healing process it so desperately needs" under the pair's leadership.

“The change we need most is to elect a president who recognizes that people of color deserve to feel safe and represented, that women deserve the right to choose what happens to their bodies, and that the LGBTQIA+ community deserves to be acknowledged and included," said Swift. "Everyone deserves a government that takes global health risks seriously and puts the lives of its people first."

She took to Twitter Wednesday night before the vice presidential debate between Harris and Vice President Mike Pence to share a photo of the upcoming magazine cover and cookies iced with "Biden Harris 2020."

Swift has faced criticism in the past for her refusal to speak on political issues but broke that silence in 2018 when she publicly endorsed Tennessee Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen.

"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 in an Instagram post from October 2018.

Since then, Swift hasn't been shy about delving into the political arena.

On her seventh studio album "Lover" that was released in August 2019, she openly condemned homophobia, with the album's track "You Need to Calm Down" addressing her own haters and calling out those who attack the LGBTQ community. She even referenced the gay rights organization GLAAD in one lyric.

Earlier that month, singer Kid Rock addressed Swift's political affiliations in a provocative, pejorative tweet.

The tweet came after Swift did an interview with Vogue in which she discussed her career, politics and decisions like donating $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project, which supports LGBTQ rights.

In May of this year, the pop star directly called out President Donald Trump on social media for "stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism" during his time in the White House, vowing to vote him out come November.

Swift announced her eighth studio album "folklore" in surprise form, teasing it on Twitter one day before it was released on July 24 to critical acclaim. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's 200 albums the first week and gave Swift her seventh No. 1 title on the chart.

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