Actor Isaiah Washington pointed to a feeling that something wasn’t “right” with the Democratic Party which prompted him to “walk away” after his life-long support.
The “Grey’s Anatomy” star detailed his decision on Fox Nation’s “Nuff Said” to leave the party which he felt was not doing enough for the black community and the nation.
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“Walking away, not just from political situations and organizations, for me it’s a sacrifice, it’s a risk and there’s a penalty for it,” Washington told host Tyrus in the interview which aired Wednesday.
“But I will only walk away when it matters,” he continued. “And the reason I chose to walk away from the Democratic party, as I know it, walk away from the Republican Party as I don’t know it, is that something doesn’t feel right.”
The 56-year-old conservative actor has publicly spoken out about his support for Democrats and liberals who choose to “walk away” from the party.
“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, I got more than questions,” he said.
“Now I have evidence, I have empirical evidence that something is wrong because the problem I have with Democrats is, you haven’t done enough,” Washington said. “If you don’t like that, then show me what you’re going to do.”
Washington noted that no one ever asked him about his political stand during his two-year stint as Dr. Preston Burke in the hit TV show “Grey’s Anatomy.”
“No one asked me about my personal opinions politically or intellectually,” he shared. “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.”
The actor was invited to a celebration at the White House by President Donald Trump for the bipartisan prison reform bill, the First Step Act, back in April. He publicly applauded Trump’s criminal justice reform efforts while slamming former President Obama for offering him no support in eight years “regarding Africa or the Black Agenda.”
Actor Isaiah Washington thanks Trump for support of black agenda. ‘Not once in 8 years’ did Obama help. https://t.co/nnyhaXo3UB
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 3, 2019
Washington, who believes “there’s room” for the #WalkAway movement, shared his surprise at finding out after his decision to leave the Democrat Party how may others in Hollywood felt the same but were afraid to let it be known publicly.
“You’ve 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 the line with the Democratic party,” Washington said.
“I’m going to support the policy over the person,” he added.
Last week, Washington called out closet conservatives in Hollywood as “hypocrites” and “cowards,” blasting them on social media for hiding their views out of fear of industry backlash.
“I have a message for the Hollywood Actors DM’ing me and revealing that you’re Conservatives,” he tweeted. “Don’t DM me again, because you all are lame and I don’t respond well to hypocrites or cowards. You’re no different than the bystander that is waiting on the blood to spill from a martyr.”
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