The #WalkAway movement just gained another prominent voice, former-Democrat Dr. Karlyn Borysenko.
The #WalkAway campaign is a "true grassroots movement" that "encourages and supports those on the Left to walk away from the divisive tenets endorsed and mandated by the Democratic Party of today."
Dr. Borysenko's Twitter profile describes her as an "Org psychologist. Author. Coach. Speaker. … Compulsive knitter. Accidental political commentator."
If that sounds like the profile of a Democrat, it's because it is…. was.
Now, Dr. Borysenko no longer supports the Democrat party.
Two words: Nancy Pelosi.
After Pelosi's antics and politics surrounding the COVID-19 stimulus bill, Dr. Borysenko had enough.
Dr. Borysenko has voted Democrat her entire life.
Thanks to Pelosi's political games, the Democrats have lost one of their most loyal supporters.
Even more, Dr. Borysenko is a micro influencer on Twitter.
Her announcement of not voting Democrat in November earned 57,500 likes as well as over 26,000 comments.
See her tweet and more details below:
Dr. Borysenko also re-tweeted this:
That's got to hurt.
Pelosi's move was clearly a political move to try to satisfy or rev up her base.
Instead, it appears to have alienated some in the Democrat party, including lifelong Democrats like Dr. Borysenko.
Compare this to President Trump, who is experiencing record high approval ratings according to some polls.
Another poll shows that 60 percent of Americans approve of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In February, Dr. Borysenko put her party on blast through a piece she wrote on Medium, describing her decision to attend a Trump rally:
So, I headed over an hour and a half before the doors were scheduled to open—which was four hours before Trump was set to take the stage—and the line already stretched a mile away from the entrance to the arena. As I waited, I chatted with the folks around me. And contrary to all the fears expressed, they were so nice. I was not harassed or intimidated, and I was never in fear of my safety even for a moment. These were average, everyday people. They were veterans, schoolteachers, and small business owners who had come from all over the place for the thrill of attending this rally. They were upbeat and excited. In chatting, I even let it slip that I was a Democrat. The reaction: “Good for you! Welcome!”
Once we got inside, the atmosphere was jubilant. It was more like attending a rock concert than a political rally. People were genuinely enjoying themselves. Some were even dancing to music being played over the loudspeakers. It was so different than any other political event I had ever attended. Even the energy around Barack Obama in 2008 didn’t feel like this.
As I left the rally—walking past thousands of people who were watching it on a giant monitor outside the arena because they couldn’t get in—I knew there was no way Trump would lose in November. Absolutely no way. I truly believe that it doesn’t matter who the Democrats nominate: Trump is going to trounce them. If you don’t believe me, attend one of his rallies and see for yourself. Don’t worry, they really won’t hurt you.
Today, I voted in the New Hampshire Democratic Primary for Pete Buttigieg. I genuinely feel that Pete would be great for this country, and maybe he’ll have his opportunity in the future. But tomorrow, I’ll be changing my voter registration from Democrat to Independent and walking away from the party I’ve spent the past 20 years in to sit in the middle for a while. There are extremes in both parties that I am uncomfortable with, but I also fundamentally believe that most people on both sides are good, decent human beings who want the best for the country and have dramatic disagreements on how to get there. But until we start seeing each other as human beings, there will be no bridging the divide. I refuse to be a part of the divisiveness any longer. I refuse to hate people I don’t know simply because they choose to vote for someone else. If we’re going to heal the country, we have to start taking steps toward one another rather than away.
I think the Democrats have an ass-kicking coming to them in November, and I think most of them will be utterly shocked when it happens, because they’re existing in an echo chamber that is not reflective of the broader reality. I hope it’s a wake-up call that causes them to take a long look in the mirror and really ask themselves how they got here. Maybe then they’ll start listening. I tend to doubt it, but I can hope.
While Dr. Borysenko hasn't said she would vote for Trump or a Republican, it is still a posibility.
The reality, though, is that she will no longer be voting Democrat... at least not this November!
Dr. Borysenko is just one of many who is walking away from the Democrat party, and it appears that Nancy Pelosi's antics have sped up that process!
Dr. Borysenko is considered an influencer.
Will her followers trust or follow her lead?
While it's impossible to know for certain, Dr. Borysenko will certainly help shape the conversations happening on Twitter.
The Western Journal also covered Dr. Borysenko's Twitter announcement, where she doubted the Democrats' ability to actual write the bill in a single weekend:
If voters like Borysenko are any indication, they’re going to be taking responsibility for it, all right.
Borysenko has become a Twitter celebrity of sorts after a viral February Medium article in which she announced that she was walking away from the Democratic Party.
In a tweet after Pelosi’s announcement, she made it clear the Democrats’ bill had cemented her decision.
“I have never voted for someone who was not a democrat in my life,” she tweeted Monday. “That streak will end in November.
“I’m beyond angry about what they are doing. This is not about the well-being of workers. This is taking advantage of a crisis. It’s unconscionable. I can’t wait for them to lose.”
I remember throwing together 20-page papers on a long weekend back in college.
I can imagine that Democrats can throw together something longer if they have a bunch of them on it.
I refuse to believe, however, that they created a 1,000-plus page document out of thin air over the course of a weekend.
This feels like a bunch of parts that were sitting around on the Democrats’ shelf.
Much like General Motors engineers back in the 1980s trying to build yet another cookie-cutter car, they took them down, bolted them together and lo and behold, this was their response to the coronavirus.
That’s not what this was supposed to be. That’s not what any of this was supposed to be about.
Yes, Borysenko had decided before this that she’d just about had it with the Democratic Party. In her Medium piece back in February, she talked about how Democrats didn’t understand what was coming their way.
The stimulus bill is certainly filled with pork, but mostly at the effort of Democrats, not Republicans.
Still, sacrifices were made to ensure that Americans and businesses get the relief they need to float during this time of self quarantine.
President Trump and the Republican party are continuing to fight for the American people, and (former) Democrats like Dr. Borysenko are taking notice.