Ex-Democrats share why they left the party with #WalkAway hashtag on Twitter
A viral video that has gathered over half a million views on YouTube features a young gay man telling the audience that he used to be a liberal Democrat. In the video, Brandon Straka of New York recounts how he originally chose to vote Democrat because he rejects hate and mob mentality. He then adds he hasn’t changed his views, but he now realizes the Democratic Party does not stand for his values.
“If you are a person of color, an LGBT person, a woman or an American immigrant, the Democratic Party wants you to know you are a victim,” Straka says in the video. “This is perhaps the Democratic Party’s greatest, and most insidious, lie.”
Straka called for others to join him in abandoning the Democratic Party: “I am walking away. And I encourage all of you to do the same. Walk away.”
The result has been an outpouring of ex-Democrats saying why they left the Democratic Party on social media. The list, which can be seen under the Twitter hashtag #WalkAway, shows various reasons why many Americans have left the party. Some object to non-white progressives blaming their problems on white people, while others hate the opposition to free speech on left-wing universities.
Of course, this is not the first example of large groups of people leaving the Democrats.
In 1968, a large number of Robert F. Kennedy supporters became Republicans.
The 1960s Neoconservative movement was given its name because so many of its adherents came from the left.
In the 1980s, blue-collar Democrats crossed over to the Republicans and were called Reagan Democrats.
The 2004 and 2008 Republican National Conventions featured prominent Democratic senators (Zell Miller and Joseph Lieberman, respectively) endorsing the GOP ticket.
More recently, activists such as Candace Owens have “taken the red pill” and discussed how to “come out of the closet” as a conservative.
What makes these political conversions different is in the use of social media. In the past, Republicans would accuse the mainstream media of presenting conservative views in a poor light while disguising the extremism of progressives.
Today, viewers can see the far-left and bigoted views of left-wing mobs, and especially of their notables such as Women’s March leaders Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour.
By contrast, viewers can contrast the messages they see from the likes of conservative psychology professor Jordan Peterson with the media’s twisted portrayals of him, such as a recent hit piece on NBC News.