Taylor Swift Is Finally Letting a Politician Use Her Music in a Campaign and Her Choice Isn't the Obvious One

After first breaking her political silence in 2018, Swift has become increasingly vocal about her support for former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris in the lead-up to the 2020 election. On Friday, Swift also allowed a political campaign to use one of her songs for the first time, but it wasn't for the Biden campaign.

On Friday, California congressman Eric Swalwell released a video titled "Only The Young," which uses Swift's song of the same name, which was featured in her documentary Miss Americana earlier this years.

The video features Swift's song playing while videos of protests, police brutality, and California wildfires burn. It also features images of President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Lindsey Graham and other politicians (while Swift sings, "And the big bad man and his big bad clan").

As the video continues, people going to vote, protests and clips of Biden, Harris and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are shown as the song's uplifting chorus plays in the background. The words: "You've marched for four years. Now it's time to run," are shown at the end of the video before a bunch of hashtags, concluding with one telling people to vote.

A Buzzfeed News reporter on Twitter, who pointed out that Swift hasn't let a politician use one of her songs in an ad before, said that Swalwell is a fan and asked to use the song, and Swift's team approved.

I am admittedly out of my depth but have read enough Kaylor coverage to know that Taylor doesn’t do anything by accident so I think “why Swalwell” is a fair question. “No personal connection, but he's a HUGE fan. We reached out to her team and she said yes!” a Swalwell spox says.

— Ruby Cramer (@rubycramer) October 30, 2020

Sharing the video on his own social media, Swalwell thanked Swift for allowing them to use the song. "Thank you, Taylor Swift, for voicing what #OnlyTheYoung can do. Let's run," the video description on YouTube states.

Up there's the finish line.
Our future is worth our fight.

Thank you, @taylorswift13, for voicing what #OnlyTheYoung can do. Let’s run! pic.twitter.com/q4EAJwwzqG

— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) October 30, 2020

Other politicians shared Swalwell's video, including Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and Kamala Harris. "Thank you @TaylorSwift13 and my friend @EricSwalwell for showing young people what's at stake in this election," Harris tweeted.

Take a listen and then go #VoteEarly

S/O to @ericswalwell & @taylorswift13 for reminding us to finish the fight by voting by or on November 3rd https://t.co/d3C1vC9WmF

— Muriel Bowser (@MurielBowser) October 30, 2020

4 years of daily lies, border walls, kids in cages, NRA groveling, LGBT discriminating, healthcare stripping, and science denying.

You’ve marched. Protested. Stood up for your values.

Now — it’s time to VOTE.

Thank you @taylorswift13 and @EricSwalwell!! pic.twitter.com/w8QEhM0P1b

— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) October 30, 2020

Thank you @TaylorSwift13 and my friend @EricSwalwell for showing young people what's at stake in this election. https://t.co/T5EQO1GLnC

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 30, 2020

Swift has been incredibly outspoken about her support for Biden's campaign and opposition to Trump during this election cycle. Earlier this month, she tweeted that she'd made cookies, decorated with the campaign logo and would be cheering on Harris during the vice presidential debate against Vice President Mike Pence.

She also told V magazine her reasons for voting for Biden. "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. Everyone deserves a government that takes global health risks seriously and puts the lives of its people first," she said.

The folklore singer has been outspoken about her politics since 2018, when she endorsed Senate candidate Phil Bredesen in his campaign against Senator Marsha Blackburn on Instagram. Despite speaking out more often, the Swalwell video is her first time allowing a politician to use a song in a campaign ad.

Swalwell's campaign and Swift's publicist did not respond to Newsweek's emailed requests for comment in time for publication.

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Taylor Swift attends The NME Awards 2020 at the O2 Academy Brixton on February 12, 2020 in London, England. David M. Benett/Getty