Why I left the Republican Party

David Weissman
David Weissman

The past few weeks have been an eye opener for me. I have always stood by hardcore conservative principles and wouldn’t fudge on them. I never really dialogued with Liberals.

Recently, I have had decent dialogue with known Hollywood celebs, politicians, and adult kids of politicians, including their followers on social media. I have learned there has been some fake news summarizing Liberals, as a whole, on issues to encourage conservatives to vote Republican.

The respectful discourses I’ve had have shown me there are always 2 sides of the story. After doing this for a time, apparently a fake Twitter account posted declaring me a traitor just for talking to people of different political views. I was surprised by the cult-like response from some, not all, core conservative Trump supporters that i have connected with. Even a friend I have known for years slammed me for wanting to unite America.

I see the constant arguing, cursing each other out, and I was tired of it. So I took it upon myself to try to stop the hate… from both sides.

With all that has happened, I have made a decision to leave the Republican party and leave the Conservative movement, including the MAGA team. The reason for the announcement is, I want the social media world know where I stand without any misleading or misrepresentations. I am taking a stand by announcing that now I am an Independent. No party affiliation. Just an American who is a Veteran and will uphold the Constitution for all Americans.

I felt the best way to do this was as an independent so I can see 2 sides of the story. Lay down facts without a biased agenda. I have changed my stance on DACA. And am rethinking some aspects of gun control that will not infringe on the 2nd Amendment. Being an Independent will give me this flexibility to form my own decisions.

More reasons for becoming Independent, I see hatred on both sides. For example, the hatred for Obama, the Clintons, etc are well articulated, and not just on polices. I have seen comments that are meant to be hurtful towards the politicians themselves, including family members.

I recently saw a Rand Paul tweet, and I am paraphrasing here. It basically said, due process is for everyone or no one. I agree. So we need to be careful in saying certain people should be locked up without due process because that’s not the American way.

I want to be clear that I still support President Trump. And I will continue to support our leadership no matter what party they are, to encourage making America the country it’s meant to be.

David Weissman was born in Queens, NY and served 13 years in the U.S. Army as a chaplain assistant, including two deployments to Afghanistan. Upon being honorably discharged he made the Jewish right of return (Aliyah) and moved to the city of Ashkelon in Israel where he experienced the war with Hamas in the summer of 2014. David is now a freelance writer living in the city of Efrat in the Jerusalem district.