Meet Brandon Straka, a gay former liberal encouraging others to WalkAway from Democrats - 2018-08-21
Straka's story of being a white, gay, Manhattan liberal-turned-conservative proved irresistible to those on the right. Just weeks after "coming out" as conservative, Straka rose from political nobody to right-wing somebody. His video — with the catchy hashtag urging people to #WalkAway from the left — has been viewed millions of times, catapulting him to Fox News fame.
Those on the right are eager to hear stories — true or not — about a shrinking left, and Straka is delivering. By aggressively promoting his contrarian opinions on social media, he has followed a now well-worn path to conservative media stardom that's been traveled by Tomi Lahren, Candace Owens, Milo Yiannopoulos and Chadwick Moore. InfoWars' Alex Jones even donated $10,000 to Straka's GoFundMe page for "#WalkAway Campaign Startup Costs." As of this week, the campaign has raised more than $67,000.