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Interview: #WalkAway Campaign Founder Wants to ‘Give Voice Back to American Right’

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The founder of a campaign focused on building a community for those who feel left behind by the Democrat party and returning a voice to the American political right spoke exclusively with Big League Politics today.

“As somebody on the right, I don’t want to be part of the ‘silent majority,'” said Brandon Straka of New York City. “It’s time for the people on the right to get in touch with their voice, and it’s time for you to take the narrative back about who and what you actually are. I want to give a voice back to the people on the right.”

Straka is a former lifelong Democrat turned Republican after what he called his “red pill moment” after the 2016 election, when he discovered that the mainstream media creates false narratives and is intentionally duplicitous.

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“I thought that the media was honest,” he said. “I thought that Rachel Maddow told the truth. I didn’t think that they withheld things from us and just told us what they wanted us to believe.”

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Then he began to realize that Democrats were not a tolerant, open-minded bunch as they so often claim to be.

“I just watched for several years as the party, the ideology has gone further and further extremist left, and how the Democratic party has embraced that instead of trying to reject that,” he said. “For me, the election of Donald Trump and the behavior of people in the aftermath of that really became intolerable, and at this point are incredibly intolerable.”

Straka began to dig for himself, with the express goal of learning whether the mainstream press was portraying President Trump in a fair light. What he discovered was just the opposite. He began listening to the other side – conservative pundits like Candace Owens, Milo Yiannopoulos, Dave Rubin and Tucker Carlson – and was amazed by what he found.

“I’m watching this all of a sudden and I’m going ‘God, I used to absolutely hate these people,'” he said, “but now I’m actually listening for the first time and I’m understanding that what they’re saying makes so much sense. I mean it makes so much more sense than the alternative.”

Straka struggled to connect with people who shared his newfound views, so he took to Youtube and made a video describing his transformation, which went viral in short order.

“Once I made that discovery I sort of tried to talk to people about it, and I got really sort hostile and contemptuous reactions from friends and people around me,” he said. “I live in New York City. The common group think here is ‘Trump sucks,’ ‘we hate Trump.'”

Straka then launched a campaign  allowing former Democrats to tell their #WalkAway stories on Facebook. There are around 40 videos on the page, with more being uploaded daily. When actor James Woods shared his own #WalkAway story, the hashtag exploded. But Straka stressed that the movement is much more than just a hashtag. Instead, he is building a community.

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“I wanted to be a part of this walk away campaign,” said Susan Mahan in her video. “I was raised a devout Democrat. My father was. My mother is. My whole family was Democrat. I voted for Obama, I voted for Clinton – all the past ones that were Democrats – because that was the thing to do. Now Donald Trump came around, and thanks to my son-in-law, made me turn my head around, made me look at the truth, made me do some investigating about this man and what he’s all about.”

In most of the videos, the campaigners, whom Straka calls “the patriots” make it very clear that they are not bigots, racists, sexists, or any other pejoratives that the mainstream left would normally label Republicans. According to Straka, that is another goal of the campaign.

“I would like to grow the common-sense [political] center so large that what is now considered an acceptable leftists position becomes fringe,” he said. “I want to get to a point where rather than an auditorium of people leaping to their feet and applauding at a comment like [Robert de Niro’s at the Tony Awards] that those comments are met with boos and jeers.”

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Second Christian Pastor Charged for Holding Church Services During Coronavirus Lockdown

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Another Christian pastor is being charged with crimes for holding church services during the coronavirus lockdown.

Mark Anthony Spell, a Central, La. pastor, is receiving six misdemeanor charges for disobeying Gov. John Bel Edwards’ emergency shutdown edicts after he held church services this past weekend.

“Over the last two weeks I have worked with the sheriff, state police, the state fire marshal, Reverend Tony Perkins, and others to address this matter outside of legal action. Mr. Spell made his intentions to continue to violate the law clear. Instead of showing the strength and resilience of our community during this difficult time, Mr. Spell has chosen to embarrass us for his own self-promotion,” said Central Police Chief Roger Corcoran, who issued the misdemeanor summons to Spell.

“Mr. Spell will have his day in court where he will be held responsible for his reckless and irresponsible decisions that endangered the health of his congregation and our community. This is not an issue over religious liberty, and it’s not about politics. We are facing a public health crisis and expect our community’s leaders to set a positive example and follow the law,” he added.

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Spell has allegedly convened six unlawful church services at his Life Tabernacle Church hosting more individuals at his worship proceedings than what is allowed by the state. East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore said Spell is receiving a misdemeanor count for every time he allegedly violated the edict. They will not charge everyone who gathered unlawfully at the church but will attempt to make an example of Spell because “encouraged others to violate” the law.

“Without his actions, the others would not come,” Moore said. “Practically, it would be very difficult to charge that number of people even if we were not in the crisis we are in.”

Spell sees his case as being paramount for nationwide fight on behalf of religious liberty against tyrannical government.

“This is a scary time for our nation. Our religious freedoms are under persecution and attack,” Spell said. “This is an attack on all Christians across the world.”

“If this is not about religion, then are the Waltons not being issued summons and arrested for keeping Walmart open?” Spell asked. “Nobody will tell us as God fearing Christians and Americans that we are non-essential in our society.”

He vows to continue holding church services publicly in Louisiana no matter what the consequences from the state turn out to be.

“When you close every door in this city, we’ll close this door and we’ll go underground, but we are going to assemble and congregate as God fearing Christians,” Spell said. “If they are to arrest me and take me out of this congregation, my assistant pastor will step in immediately, when he is arrested, the third man will step in.”

Big League Politics reported yesterday on the other pastor who has been charged with holding illegal church services under new coronavirus edicts:

A Pro-Trump pastor has been arrested for hosting churches services in Florida. This appears to be the first case of this kind under the Chinese Coronavirus pandemic.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for Rev. Rodney Howard-Browne the pastor of The River Church, a mega church in Tampa, Florida for hosting two worship services at his church this past Sunday.

State Attorney Andrew Warren remarked, “I think it’s unfortunate that the pastor here is hiding behind the First Amendment. One, it’s absolutely clear that emergency orders like this are constitutional and valid. Second of all, leaders from our faith-based community across this country have embraced the importance of social distancing.”

“Because of the reckless disregard of public safety and after repeated requests and warnings, I worked with our state attorney, Andrew Warren, to obtain a warrant for unlawful assembly and violation of public health emergency rules, both of which are second degree misdemeanors,” Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “Our goal here is not to stop anyone from worshiping, but the safety and well-being of our community must always come first.”

Freedom of religion could soon be a lost vestige of the past because of the mass hysteria that has resulted from the coronavirus pandemic.

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