Actor Isaiah Washington was once a Democrat. But like the great Dave Rubin, he walked away (here).
The Grey’s Anatomy star appeared on Fox Nation streaming service’s Nuff Said Wednesday to explain his migration away from the Donkey.
Isaiah said staying with the party no longer felt right:
“There’s a risk and there’s a penalty for it, but you have to walk away when it matters…and the reason I chose to walk away from the Democratic party…is that something doesn’t feel right.”
Isaiah brought up an interesting idea: The Democratic Party’s reportedly been the choice of black voters for half a century; how’s that gone?
“I don’t know where I’m going, but I know where I come from, and if I look at the political image of the Democratic party over the last 50 years of my life since I was five…and very little has changed for my community, then I have some questions, more than questions.”
And it’s time to skeedaddle:
“Now I have empirical evidence that something is wrong and there is room for this walk away movement.”
Bafflingly, Isaiah’s political involvement began with a White House invitation by that widely-known and most powerful of all Klan leaders(?): Donald J. Trump — to celebrate the First Step Act.
From the initiative’s official website:
The FIRST STEP Act (S. 2795), introduced by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D- RI) and Sen. John Cornyn (R – TX),will ensure people are prepared to come home from prison job-ready and have major incentives to pursue the life-changing classes that will help them succeed on the outside.
Currently, the federal prison system is failing to achieve its purpose – rehabilitation- and instead rips people away from their families, leaves them with fewer opportunities than when they entered into the system, and ultimately decreases public safety.
The FIRST STEP Act is an important piece of legislation that begins to address this. This bill will put the focus back on rehabilitation and finding ways to give people an opportunity to come home and succeed.
I voted for 44 twice. I even checked my emails in his Senate Office while lobbying for Salone to be given another chance to rebrand. Not once in 8 years was I given any support regarding Africa or the Black Agenda, but 45 invites me to the WH to celebrate the #FirstStepAct 🤷🏾♂️
— The Tweet Sniper💥 (@IWashington) April 1, 2019
“No one asked me about my personal opinions, politically or intellectually. They didn’t care. I was a commodity, and I was happy to be one. I’ve only become political since I left the White House recently.”
So what’s it like to split from the Dems and still try to move in Hollywood circles?
Jon Voight makes it look easy (here).
But Seinfeld’s great J. Peterman — John O’Hurley — recently confirmed conservatives aren’t much appreciated:
“It’s very difficult to be a conservative in Hollywood. Even though there are many of us, you do feel you are an island fighting the storm… all viewpoints must be observed and respected. At the same time we are supporting free thinking, we also have to support free receptors – people that will allow other ideas to infect them. Some of the best convos I’ve ever had on Seinfeld…were with Michael Richards, who thinks totally different than I do. I couldn’t wait to present him with an issue because I was always interested in his perspective. Brian Cranston…is the complete opposite of me. We can sit for hours and discuss an idea…not with the premise of trying to convince each other.”
Isaiah seemed to second the notion:
“You got a lot of conservative or centric libertarian-minded people that really care about other people but they are terrified to come out of the closet and say anything that’s not in line with the Democratic party. I’m going to support the policy over the person.”
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