A crowd of about 200 people gathered at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center Nov. 17 where former actor Brandon Straka shared his experience as a member of the LGBT community who left his liberal ideals behind to embrace conservatism.
After President Trump’s election in 2016, Straka said, he began to believe the Democratic Party, though historically identified with protecting the rights of minority groups, was not on his side and no longer has America in its best interest.
“Isn’t part of the full American experience to vote on which side you want and fight for the issues you believe in regardless of your sexuality or ethnicity?” Straka asked.
“If people can shed groupthink, then there’s nothing better for minority groups than to shed their individuality and fall under the umbrella of being an American and doing what’s best for our country,” he said.
“I had a dream of being an actor in New York City,” Straka said. “I asked myself if I was willing to let that dream die. I cried and mourned that dream, but I know this was more important... I lost over 90 percent of my friends, but this is what I’m passionate about, and I’ve never been happier.”
As part of the campaign, Straka posted video testimonies showing former Democrats who discussed why they left the party. This social media movement caught storm, and has led to numerous appearances by Straka on Fox News.
“I’m encouraging people to think critically, independently and embrace their own identity,” Straka said. “I’m encouraging people to walk away from the political left, the Democratic Party, and the ideology of liberalism. My message is geared toward minority groups in America to stop pledging allegiance to an ideology and political party without much self-thought.”
For more information on the #WalkAway Campaign, go to walkawaycampaign.com.