#Walkaway movement that began with a popular Facebook video featuring a
gay hairdresser in New York City explaining why he was leaving the
Democratic Party has quickly morphed into a major force on social media
to an article last
Thursday in the Epoch
Times, some five million people on Facebook and YouTube have seen
the groundbreaking video showing a “very handsome gay man” who describes
his awakening to the inanities of liberalism and the Democratic Party.
upon a time, I was a liberal. Well, to be honest, less than a year ago,
I was still a liberal,” begins Brandon Straka, the unlikely face of the
new “silent minority” of Americans.
reject a system which allows an ambitious, misinformed and dogmatic mob
to suppress free speech, create false narratives, and apathetically
steamroll over the truth,” he says. “I reject hate.”
are the reasons why I became a liberal. And these are the same reasons
why I am now walking away.”
published his original #WalkAway video on May 26, and since then his
life “has been overtaken by a tidal wave,” the Epoch
movement has been especially successful because its spokespersons have
not been the sort typically associated with conservativism. Young and
old, black and white, men and women, gay and straight—the campaign seems
to elude stereotypes and pigeonholing.
popular young conservative commentator C.J. Pearson, for instance, has
given the movement a significant push by highlighting the Democratic
Party’s racist past. “The Democratic Party is the party of slavery. The
party of Jim Crow. The party of segregation. The party of the KKK,”
Pearson tweeted Saturday.
walked away from black folks long ago. Now, it’s our time to #WalkAway,”
is enough to search for the hashtag #WalkAway on Twitter or Facebook to
see how the campaign has taken on like wildfire, spawning an entire
cottage industry of personal testimonials and “conversion” stories of
how people woke up to the false promises of liberalism.
yet, according to Straka, this is “so much more than a hashtag on
is a testimonial campaign, a grassroots movement that is going to change
the political landscape of this country.”
Democrats say they are still expecting a “blue wave” come November. If
social media is any indication, there seems to have been a sea change.
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