Tipping Point? #WalkAway Movement Picking up Steam Among Democrats

By Rachel Alexander Published on July 12, 2018

The Democratic party has lurched to the left, and some long-time Democrats don’t like it. Some now look at the party and bail out. It’s not their party anymore. Would FDR recognize the party? Truman? JFK? LBJ? Nope.

The Face of the Party

House minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is predictably leftist. She’ll apparently say anything to put down Republicans. Party leaders demand open borders and abolishing ICE. They want to nationalize health care.

A socialist, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, just won a Democratic primary for Congress in New York in a landslide. DNC Chairman Tom Perez fawned over her win, declaring her “the future of our party.” Bernie Sanders, the Independent senator who has long referred to himself as a socialist, is being attacked for not being far left enough.

The problem’s not just their policies. It’s their language. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., actively calls the left to harass Trump supporters. It’s not just the constant labeling Trump supporters as fascists and Nazis. It’s the support for violent groups like Antifa, the leadership’s extreme statements on every single issue. All that alarms traditional Democrats.

Donald Trump recently called Waters and Pelosi “the face of the Democratic Party.” It’s a face lots of old-line Democrats don’t want to see.

One Frustrated Democrat?

One frustrated Democrat started the #WalkAway social media campaign. It features former Democrats explaining on video and in Facebook posts why they’ve left the party. Brandon Straka produced a six-minute video which has gone viral, getting over 2.2 million views on Facebook.

In it, Straka says: “the Left 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.” He asks: “What do these people stand for? What is their platform? All I can figure out so far is ‘We hate Trump’ and ‘We love illegal immigrants.'” He rejects the Democrats’ praise for Ocasio-Cortez. “Their party has no future, it’s over.”

“Their party has no future, it’s over.”

“Once upon a time, I was a liberal. Well, to be honest, less than a year ago, I was still a liberal,” Straka says. Explaining why he left the party, he says:

I reject a system which allows an ambitious, misinformed and dogmatic mob to suppress free speech, create false narratives, and apathetically steamroll over the truth. I reject hate. These are the reasons why I became a liberal. And these are the same reasons why I am now walking away.

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On the Facebook page for #WalkAway, Straka explains, “the left has become so extreme, it’s now time to fight back.” He believes that the left “hates men because they were born as biological men.” The left “stands for censorship, oppression, intimidation, violence, intolerance and hatred against white people based solely on the color of their skin.”

Trump Attracts Gays and Minorities

A gay man, Straka notes that “gay men and women are welcomed in the pro-Trump movement.” He also notes that the movement is attracting minorities.

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Straka says “the liberal media continues to perpetuate a false narrative about the ‘hateful’ and ‘bigoted’ right.” Many assume the right doesn’t like minorities, but the Democratic Party takes them for granted.

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The Radicalness of Rep. Maxine Waters

One symbol of what is sending Straka and his peers away? Maxine Waters. She scares Democrats away from their party. She says opponents of Trump’s immigration policies should harass Cabinet members wherever possible. In a speech in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, she said, “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

Waters is scaring Democrats away from the party.

The inevitable result of Democrat’s rhetorical violence? Increasing violence against conservatives. Breitbart counted 133 incidents of violence or harassment of Trump supporters. Straka himself got booted from an electronics store after his video hit the news.

Democrat leaders have called for Waters to stop calling for impeachment. They realize the radical position could hurt them in the midterm elections.

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The movement reflects the fact that the country is undergoing a tipping to the right. It started with the election of Trump. The Democrats have finally gone so far to the left that they are alienating regular Democrats. They can no longer take the minority vote for granted, since minorities have figured out Republicans don’t hate them. Straka has tapped into the silent majority and gotten them to start speaking up.

 

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  • Hmmm…

    Who says prayer is not effectual. Strongholds are continuing to crack.

  • Patmos

    Have no fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

    Reproving the modern left in the US right now is like shooting fish in a barrel, and while it’s a bit disconcerting that these people are filled with that unholy combination of stubbornness, ignorance, and arrogance, shoot I must.

    Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

  • Jonney Quest

    The US needs more Mental Health facilities centered around liberal cities. Either something is in the water or those people have lost it.

  • southernsue

    i pray for the ones on the left to come over to our side,meaning the US side

    the left does not represent America
    the left has gone off the rails

    look at all the socialist countries such as venzuela,et all

    please be at the polls in nov and vote republican
    lets bring our country back to the center

    we must pray to our GOD that he will have mercy on our country
    and give us another chance

    obama and hillary nearly destroyed our way of life in America

  • tz1

    No, it is the calls or actual acts of violence from insane rants of incitement that are deleting the Democrats.
    When you have someone going bat caca crazy, you slowly back away until you are out of site then run hell bent for leather away.
    One can appreciate and argue with the heartfelt socialism, but that only works with rational replies, not insults, accusations of hatred, racism, or bikelocks to the head.

  • blackkat

    Amen

  • signals

    Their FREE-HAW mule is starting to look like the clowns that run it!

  • Chip Crawford

    A house divided against itself cannot stand. Before this, a group protested Senator Schumer’s reproving Ms. Waters’ calls for harassment on Cabinet and other administration officials. They actually called for support for her campaign. It’s refreshing to hear objections to Maxine Waters expressed by those
    of her party. I’m so used to things going counter intuitively to what
    seems like sense to me.

  • ScottAg83

    Why do these Democrats want to destroy the United States as we know it? Why do they sacrifice our own children for those of alien lands?

    • Chip Crawford

      Your words stir up recollection of part of the curse about the foreigner among you being above you. Deut. 28:43 This promotion of immigrants, at large, over established countrymen is indeed quite galling. We seem to be in a degree of reprieve, hopefully enduring to turn this trend away as well.

    • Kevin Cowlishaw

      Replacement for voters they are losing and for totalitarian (communist) control of you and yours

  • William Dickerson

    Trump was once asked about gays – would he employ them – his response? He had two questions – Are you smart? Can you do the job?
    Nothing about color, gender, preference.
    I don’t get why folks think he’s racist or anti-gay.
    His only beef with certain decisions and laws is that he believes many things should be left up to the states, not decided by the feds. And in that he’s accused of being racist or homophobic or whatever because he is against some of the more recent federal laws or SCOTUS decisions.
    That doesn’t mean he’s anti–anything except huge expensive government running our lives.
    That’s hardly anti-gay or racist.

  • Joe Taxman

    The DNC Chair declaring socialism as the future of the democrat party alone should be enough to send most democrats not just walking away, but running away.

  • LaKweefonya

    I didn’t vote for Trump but I will be next time. The left has gone completely insane, I want nothing to do with those nutjobs.

    • Chip Crawford

      President Reagan said he didn’t leave the Democratic Party; they left him.

  • james pence

    I walked away in 1968.

    • John Steele

      Yep.. I was in highschool and noted that they were bashing American soldiers, anything American etc.. I left long ago and so did Ron Regan. They have become the neo-communist party and deserve to be left in the dustbin of history.

  • realvegasdawn

    This movement is so important and makes so much sense.

  • T Walt

    Since he posted this, the list has grown from 133 to over 400 incidents against Trump supporters and grows every day.

    Joe Wilson said you lie to Obama, which he was proven correct on, and he gets censured. Republicans condemned him for his lack of respect.

    Maxine is highlighted on the news as a free speech warrior, invited on talk shows, and hailed. Hypocrisy on the left is correct.

  • Laura Krahn

    I walked away during the Bill and Hillary show in the 90’s. I had never been more insulted as a woman to see the dehumanizing of Bill’s victims. I had been in similar situations, and was told I should be believed. The whole party backed Bill and trashed these women. The veil tore the day Hilldebeast crowed that it was a “vast right wing conspiracy!”

  • CardiffCharlie

    The handling of the Clinton email scandal was the last straw for me. I saw such deep corruption and deceit from the D.C. swamp I couldn’t vote for a career politician. I don’t like everything Trump does but I like a lot of it.

    • jns.esq

      And one need not like the deliveryman for handing you the gift you love.

  • John Steele

    FDR would have been all in with this cr-p..He was doing the same as Barry Obola.. Rigging courts, ignoring voter fraud etc.

    I look forward to the demise of the neo-communist party..

  • Alan Mathies

    I walked away 3 months before the election. Knowing what I do now; I’m sorry it took me so long.

  • jns.esq

    This is the ideological version of the #MeToo movement where all this pressurized concern and disenchantment with the increasingly unhinged Left by its soon-to-be former constituents is about to burst forth.

    Thank you, Brandon Straka, for igniting the flame of Truth for so many.

  • Thabo

    I want to walk away (and really have done so) but really don’t want it to be to the Trump right. There must be Republicans out there who feel they are marginalized by the extreme right’s ideology.

    • Chip Crawford

      The Walk Away is about the left, Democrats leaving their party, not about the right. There is not a corresponding movement among the right, with Republicans forming a movement to leave their party.

      • Thabo

        Yes, I understand. However, I was wondering if there are also many on the right who are also fed up with the extreme viewpoints of the right and also feel that they need to be a part of something more ‘left’, towards center where they can feel comfortable.

        • Chip Crawford

          I cannot relate to the feeling you describe. With the left going so far into rather alarming behavior, including anti-American and criminal attitudes and actions, no, I can’t imagine being concerned about right leaning viewpoints. I don’t relate to InfoWars by any means and things of that nature. White Supremacy is designated as right, but I don’t get that at all. No, Republican right according to the Republican platform is where I am and with my convictions. I am not at all interested in leaving, certainly in joining the left … No thank you, sir!

          • Thabo

            Thank you for the reply. You state “White Supremacy is designated as right, but I don’t get that at all.” I also don’t believe it’s ‘all right’, not by a long-shot. I’m just curious as to what you mean “I don’t get that [as it being just right] at all.”

          • Chip Crawford

            Why is it designated as right?

          • Thabo

            I agree. Why indeed. The right is hardly the only harbinger of racist attitudes, including ‘white supremisist’ thoughts.

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