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Anne Hathaway posted on social media that a black woman was murdered by a white man and people don't care because of white privilege. Yeah...what about Chicago? I wonder why people are saying I no longer want to associate with liberals and the Democrat party
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Pure virtue signaling. Much of her Twitter feed is dedicated to showing off how much she totally loves black people.
And she's too much of a coward to open the comments on her tweet.
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man the videos on walkaway youtube are freakin massive
What man is a man that does not make the world better. -Balian of Ibelin
Only boring people get bored. - Ruth Burke
I watch the videos here and on youtube and I find inspiration. It's refreshing after the previous 8+ long years.
These people remind me of what makes America great.
Living behind enemy lines, it's a tough road, stay strong and keep the faith.
Growth rate appears to have slowed substantially. Maybe this movement has passed its zenith?
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Or growth, as so often happens, can come in waves.
"I have 'Ebony' right here..." Classic. Love it.
Just a short time ago, I submitted a video to this campaign. I don't know how long it takes to approve and post, but it felt good to thank all those who were on the left that have taken the risk to move over to our conservative side.
Brett Easton Ellis in Rolling Stone
You tweeted that you were done discussing politics with liberals at dinner. Is it because everyone plays the role of knee-jerk shock and outrage?
Completely. I live with a Trump-hating, millennial socialist. I am not, as my boyfriend will tell everyone, political. I’m interested in the theater of it, how each side plays the game, and how the media has morphed with it. I have never seen liberals be more annoying than they are now. These last few weeks really were a flipping point for me, with the depression over the Supreme Court and the way the detention centers were being spun by the liberal media. It’s obviously a game. Here’s Rachel Maddow crying on TV, and pictures of Trump detention centers. My stepfather, who is a Polish Jew, had his entire family wiped out when he was an infant. Throwing around words like Nazi, Gestapo and comparisons to Weimar Germany is like, “Really guys? You’re going there?” I’ve had enough. I think there’s a reason why the #WalkAway movement is getting it’s ten seconds of fame, because there’s a real reaction toward the stridency of how Democrats are expressing their disappointment. It’s turning a lot of people off.
I'm sorry, I'm thinking about the cats again...
I'm not sure this will work, but I'll give it a try.
It's pretty simple. Many registered democrats are discovering todays democrat party is not the democrat part of your grandparents.
Found this guy a week or two ago, his videos are worth a watch for sure.
Link to original video: https://youtu.be/MKDpQWOQkEI
A couple SIGs and a few others
Love that guy's laugh.
...that I will support
Encouraging others to walkaway
Meet Brandon Straka, a gay former liberal encouraging others to #WalkAway from Democrats
Brandon Straka became a conservative-media darling after posting a video about "walking away" from the left.
by Tim Fitzsimons / Aug.21.2018 / 10:43 AM ET
Three months ago, Brandon Straka was a New York City hairstylist and aspiring actor with a small social media following. Now, he's a frequent Fox News contributor with nearly 70,000 Twitter followers, whose posts have been shared by Donald Trump Jr. and Sarah Palin.
His ascent to conservative-media darling began on May 26, when Straka posted a now-viral video describing why he fled the Democratic party.
“Once upon a time, I was a liberal,” Straka says in the six-minute video, looking directly toward the camera. “For years now, I have watched as the left has devolved into intolerant, inflexible, illogical, hateful, misguided, ill-informed, un-American, hypocritical, menacing, callous, ignorant, narrow-minded and, at times, blatantly fascistic behavior and rhetoric.”
As screenshots of race-themed articles float by — like 37 Things White People Need To Stop Ruining In 2018 — Straka continues: “I have watched as formerly sensible people who claim to reject racism have come to embrace the principles of universally hating and blaming all of society’s problems on all people who have white skin.”
Straka’s story of being a white, gay, Manhattan liberal-turned-conservative proved irresistible to those on the right. Just weeks after “coming out” as conservative, Straka rose from political nobody to right-wing somebody. His video — with the catchy hashtag urging people to #WalkAway from the left — has been viewed millions of times, catapulting him to Fox News fame.
Those on the right are eager to hear stories — true or not — about a shrinking left, and Straka is delivering. By aggressively promoting his contrarian opinions on social media, he has followed a now well-worn path to conservative media stardom that’s been traveled by Tomi Lahren, Candace Owens, Milo Yiannopoulos and Chadwick Moore. InfoWars’ Alex Jones even donated $10,000 to Straka’s GoFundMe page for “#WalkAway Campaign Startup Costs." As of this week, the campaign has raised more than $67,000.
“NO SUCH THING AS VICTIMHOOD”
Straka, 41, hails from rural Nebraska, where his graduating class had 18 seniors. He said he faced violence and discrimination for being gay in his conservative hometown.
After high school, he moved to New York to pursue acting and singing. However, things didn’t go as planned. Straka couldn’t find much work in the competitive entertainment industry, so he worked at bars and restaurants before falling into alcohol and cocaine abuse.
“That problem got very, very bad,” he said. At 38, he realized he had to get sober, and he did. Straka said he had his last drink on Jan. 18, 2015.
“I didn't know it at the time, but [getting sober] was very instrumental in my transition into conservatism,” he said. “There really is no such thing as victimhood unless you choose to be a victim.”
Straka said he voted for Hillary Clinton in the last presidential election and despaired when Donald Trump emerged victorious. However, in retrospect, he said he had already begun to drift toward the GOP.
Straka traced his journey to conservatism to mid-2016, while he was eating lunch on a park bench in Manhattan.
“A man who happened to be Hispanic and happened to be homeless and probably also happened to be crazy came up to me while I was on my phone and just stuck his hand in my face and said ‘I need the money! I need some money,’” Straka recalled.
“I was just like, ‘Get away from me, get your hand out of my face,’” he added. Straka said the man then punched him “and started screaming how I was a white privileged piece of s---.”
Shaken, Straka took to Facebook to vent. But he didn’t find the sympathy he had expected.
“There was a barrage of social justice warriors who started jumping on my post and saying, ‘Well, I’m a white person, and I’ve never experienced something like that’ … ‘You must have provoked him in some way. I don’t think you’re telling the whole story,’” Straka recalled.
In the social media backlash, Straka saw what he described as “people’s desire to try to perpetuate this narrative that white people are so terrible and people of color are incapable of ever doing anything bad.”
“That’s what started to drive me away from liberalism,” he said.
Straka said his “red-pilling” — or his journey from liberal to conservative — was furthered by watching YouTube videos that alleged the “liberal media” was trying to take down Trump.
He came to believe that news outlets conspired to paint Trump as “the most racist, most homophobic, most horrible person in the world” and made it so “anybody who supports him is painted as the same.”
#WALKAWAY: OR HOW TO GO VIRAL IN 60 DAYS
The #WalkAway video did not go viral on its own, and it was not Straka’s first attempt at getting attention for his political views on social media.
In an October 2016 Facebook Live video, Straka complained about the lack of response to his social media posts. “Frankly, when I post things, there’s nothing but tumbleweeds blowing across my Facebook page,” he said.
Earlier this year, he posted a few short videos about gun control, but they were less produced and less dramatic than the #WalkAway video. They were also unquestionably flops: Only a handful of users engaged with them.
Soon after he posted the #WalkAway video, Straka took to social media to aggressively promote it, asking for shoutouts from conservative influencers like Dana Loesch, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and President Trump.
Eventually, it started to work. Actor James Woods used the #WalkAway hashtag on June 25, and then Sarah Palin shared a story about Straka on June 30.
“When she tweeted it, then I think people were able to connect the dots that this was more than just a trending hashtag, it was actually a campaign,” Straka said. The next day, Donald J. Trump Jr. posted a tweet using the #WalkAway hashtag, and then things really started to take off.
REAL MOVEMENT OR “RUSSIAN BOTS”?
When Straka appeared on Fox News’ “Ingraham Angle” in early July, he told viewers, “The #WalkAway campaign is proving [that] people are leaving the left by tens of thousands.” Shortly after, CNN and Salon published stories saying that Russian bots were driving the hashtag's spread.
The truth is somewhere in between. While the #WalkAway hashtag, like #MAGA, #DrainTheSwamp and #LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder, shows up frequently in tweets that appear to be automated, there are also hundreds of real people who have uploaded videos to the #WalkAway Facebook page sharing their stories of leaving the Democratic party.
But it’s unclear whether Straka’s campaign is minting many new converts to the right. In many of the videos posted to the #WalkAway page, people describe leaving the Democratic party before the 2016 election; some say they've been Republicans for decades.
Gay veteran Rob Smith, however, did recently “walk away.” He “came out” publicly as conservative on May 27, just one day after Straka first posted his #WalkAway message. He shared his own #WalkAway video on July 2.
Smith said that as a black Democrat, he was “not allowed to talk about the things like fatherlessness in the black community” or “poverty in the black community.” In his two-minute video, Smith said he was “ostracized” for bringing these issues up.
Since coming out as conservative, Smith, like Straka, has appeared on Fox News.
Gregory T. Angelo, president of the gay conservative group Log Cabin Republicans, thinks there’s potential in #WalkAway, but only if conservatives can figure out how to harness its energy.
“Right now, the #WalkAway campaign is a grassroots movement, and it is a viral movement — both grassroots and viral campaigns have a tendency to flare up and then fizzle,” he said. Still, he believes the hashtag will grow as the November midterms approach.
Tim Miller, a former Republican National Committee spokesperson and staffer for Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, is less certain of #WalkAway’s potential. An openly gay man, Miller also walked away, but in the other direction: He considers himself a “#NeverTrump Republican.”
Miller said Straka reflects "the underlying shift in the party away from me, or my ideological worldview." But Miller said he is not convinced, as Straka is, that a “red wave” of minority and LGBTQ voters will leave the Democratic Party.
Miller thinks Straka and Smith are getting attention since coming out as conservative “because they’re outliers.”
“It would be a very contrarian view for people in marginalized groups to come strongly out for Donald Trump, and it’s an easy way to get a platform right now," he said.
LGBTQ people vote overwhelmingly for Democrats — and have for at least several decades. An NBC News exit poll from the 2016 presidential election found just 14 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender voters cast their ballots for Trump, compared to 78 percent for Clinton.
Less than three months after posting his viral #WalkAway video, Straka has quit his day job and now focuses on his campaign full-time, calling himself a “gay conservative public figure starting a movement to save the country!”
As he seeks to enlarge this movement, he has access to an undeniably influential platform: Fox News. Appearing on the nation’s most-watched cable news network means Straka’s message has an audience beyond social media, potentially including one very important viewer: President Trump.
Trump himself has not used the hashtag #WalkAway … yet.
Democrats Are Leaving Their Party in Droves. Conservatives Should Pay Attention.
Jeff Walyus / August 22, 2018 / 138 Comments
The #WalkAway Campaign Facebook group had gathered more than 172,000 members as of Aug. 22. (Photo: Mark Makela/Reuters/Newscom)
Jeff Walyus is a contributor to Potomac Tea Party’s Walk Away project.
Two thousand years ago, St. Paul found himself blinded by a bright light on the road to Damascus. The dramatic experience led him to stop persecuting his opponents and to take up new beliefs.
Today, many former leftists are taking their first steps on their own road to Damascus, and the right is not doing nearly enough to capitalize on this unprecedented mass exit from the left.
It all began just a few short weeks ago when gay New York hairdresser Brandon Straka posted a hard-hitting video explaining why he is no longer a Democrat or a liberal. Since then, his #WalkAway Campaign Facebook group has attracted more than 172,000 members. A multitude of videos from other WalkAways have been posted online.
Make no mistake, the left has been greatly rattled by all this. The left’s treatment of the #WalkAway Campaign mirrors the way it reacted to the Tea Party movement. First, it ignored it, hoping it would go away. Then it moved on to minimizing and attempting ridicule, which it has done with #WalkAway. Steven Colbert and others claimed that the #WalkAway Campaign is just run by Russian bots.
Having seen that fail, the next step was to try to co-opt it with its own movement.
Bill Scher wrote a piece in Politico inviting Republicans to become Democrats. The suggestion is that Never Trumpers should walk away from the GOP, get themselves elected as delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention, and thereby prevent the Democratic Party from going full-blown socialist.
Nearly every WalkAway has a unique reason for leaving the Democratic Party. Some of the most common reasons I’ve encountered are:
The Democrat Party rejects Christian values.
Liberal rhetoric on helping the poor does not match up with reality. For instance, Democrat-run Los Angeles now has 55,000 homeless people living on the streets.
The left frequently denounces the armed services, law enforcement, and the American flag. Many military veterans are outraged by this.
There are countless others. But the wellspring of the #WalkAway movement has less to do with policy than with the realization that Democrats and the left invariably use despicable methods to achieve their goals, and without remorse. To the left, winning is all that matters.
Consider these words from one WalkAway, Rebecca Meli, who posted on Facebook:
The left only cares about pitting us against each other to keep control and keeping people dependent on them. … This movement has gone right to my core. To have the privilege of watching people think for themselves and recognize the deceitful practices of the left and the manipulation of minorities has been like an awakening.
Another WalkAway, Amanda Velásquez, wrote:
I am tired of the narrative, tired of people who don’t let you speak even if you have proof of what you are talking about, they attack you and label you as racist, closed-minded, and so on.
Many WalkAways have said it was easier to come out as gay than to come out as a conservative or libertarian. Many have even lost friends and been ostracized by family members because they decided to leave the Democrat Party.
One man, Vlad, who grew up in communist Poland, posted a YouTube video in which he compared the methods of today’s American left to the old communist government in his home country.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for conservatives, and it is not likely to come our way again in our lifetimes. Many of these WalkAways come from surprising demographics—gay people, ethnic minorities, and others.
The left worked these communities hard in amassing its power, and it is incumbent on the right to reach out to these same individuals. With the left inching ever closer to total victory, the right cannot afford to shun those who are like-minded just because they previously found themselves on opposite sides of a debate. This is a golden opportunity.
The bright light has shone. The WalkAways are on the move. We at Potomac Tea Party are doing our part to affirm their courageous personal decisions.
What will you do to get other former Democrats to Damascus?
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