Taylor Swift Authorizes Song for Use in Political Ad

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Beth Garrabrant

On Friday, U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell released an ad featuring Swift's 2020 song "Only the Young."

Taylor Swift has authorized one of her songs to be used in a political ad for the first time, according to U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell.

On Friday, Swalwell, a Democratic candidate up for reelection in California's 15th district, released an ad featuring Swift's 2020 song "Only the Young." Swalwell said in his tweet of the ad, "Up there's the finish line. Our future is worth our fight. Thank you, @taylorswift13, for voicing what #OnlyTheYoung can do. Let’s run!"

Paired with Swift's song, whose refrain repeats "only the young can run," the video contrasts images of President Trump taking off his mask, Melania Trump's "I Really Don't Care, Do U?" jacket and the confirmation of now-Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett with images of protests against police violence, Trump and wildfires in the West. By the end, the video features hopeful images of young people voting, some of the anti-gun activists that emerged from the 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and young people and children attending various protests and marches.

"You've marched for four years. Now it's time to run," the video reads at its end.

Swift, who traditionally did not publicly broadcast her political leanings prior to the 2018 midterms, has begun to ramp up her activism before the 2020 election. Over the summer she called for the removal of all Confederate statues from Tennessee and joined former president Barack Obama for a Stonewall Day event in June. Meanwhile, Swift's 2020 album folklore became the first album to sell a million copies in the U.S. in 2020 on Sunday.

Watch the political spot below.