At a time when policymaking seems dominated by divisive identity politics, Washington explained why he walked away from the Democratic Party—even as an African-American.
Former Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington revealed his thought process behind leaving the Democratic Party in an exclusive interview on Fox Nation's 'Nuff Said program earlier this week. Not only did he elaborate on how disenfranchised he felt from the political party, but he also shared how Hollywood's reaction to his decision cemented his point of view and motivated him further. As a strong supporter of the #WalkAway movement, a social media campaign that encouraged individuals to "walk away from the 'divisive' left," he explained why his move was necessary and important, Fox News reports.
"Walking away is a sacrifice," the actor shared. "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." He declared that the Democratic Party simply did not do enough, highlighting the continued oppression of the black community as an example of their lack of action and effective policy formulation and implementation.
Washington disclosed that he was never asked about his political leanings—until he attended an event at the White House in commemoration of President Donald Trump's support of the First Step Act, a bipartisan prison reform bill that reduced sentences as a result of "earned good time" and helped former prisoners reacclimate into society following their time in prison. Following the visit, he took to social media platform Twitter to state: I voted for 44 (Obama) twice. I even checked my emails in his Senate Office while lobbying for Salone to be given another chance to rebrand. Not once in eight years was I given any support regarding Africa or the Black Agenda, but 45 (Trump) invites me to the White House to celebrate the First Step Act.
It was after this juncture in time that he realized just how divided Hollywood, like the political frontier, was; Many had come forward to admit that they felt similarly to him but were too afraid to voice their political opinions publically. He said, "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." Therefore, he urged more celebrities and influencers in Hollywood to speak up and make their opinions heard. In conclusion, he asserted, "I'm going to support the policy over the person."