This former Democrat revealed one fact about his switch to the Republican Party that will make you sick to your stomach

Feb 29, 2024

Over the years, numerous books, documentaries, podcasts, and the like have chronicled the horrific details of what it’s like to escape a religious cult.

Interestingly, those stories seem to mirror the accounts of those who’ve escaped the Democrat Party in recent years.

And this former Democrat revealed one fact about his switch to the Republican Party that will make you sick to your stomach.

A historic decision

Last May, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson was re-elected to a second term after securing the votes of 93% of the electorate, shattering the record for the highest percentage of votes for any Dallas Mayoral candidate in nearly 115 years.

At that time, he was considered a rising star in the Democrat Party as a prominent black Mayor and one of their few young, non-woke extremist politicians.

But four months later, Mayor Johnson shocked the political world when he announced that he was leaving the Democrat Party behind and switching his affiliation to Republican, making Dallas the largest city in America with a Republican Mayor.

“Today I am changing my party affiliation,” Johnson wrote in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal at the time. “Next spring, I will be voting in the Republican primary. When my career in elected office ends in 2027 on the inauguration of my successor as mayor, I will leave office as a Republican.”

In that op-ed, Johnson explained that he was making the switch to the GOP because his support for law enforcement, lower property taxes, and capitalism simply doesn’t align with Democrats.

“Mayors and other local elected officials have failed to make public safety a priority or to exercise fiscal restraint,” Johnson added. “Most of these local leaders are proud Democrats who view cities as laboratories for liberalism rather than as havens for opportunity and free enterprise.”

The worst possible heirloom to inherit

Of course, Texas Democrats’ reaction to Johnson’s decision was entirely predictable.

“Switching parties?” Democrat state Rep. John Bryant, who represents Dallas, wrote on X at the time. “I didn’t know he was a Democrat.”

But Democrats’ pettiness was apparently short-lived, as Mayor Johnson recently revealed that he received many “panicked” phone calls from his former Democrat friends in response to his announcement.

In an interview with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his Verdict podcast, Johnson explained that he entered politics as a Democrat largely because he grew up in a non-political, “very faith-oriented” family, who simply voted Democrat by default as many black Americans do.

“You kind of inherit the Democratic Party as a cultural heirloom when you’re African American in this country,” Johnson told Cruz. “It sort of gets handed to you as part of who you are.”

As a matter of fact, that Democrat identity is apparently so ingrained in many that Johnson said he received more “panicked” phone calls about leaving the Democrat Party than he ever would have received had he chosen to leave his Christian faith behind.

“I probably had more phone calls – I know I had more phone calls with people distraught about this party switch than I ever would have gotten if I told people that I was actually leaving the church,” the Republican Mayor revealed. “I will say that loudly and on the record.”

“Take this guy down now”

Mayor Johnson went on to further explain to Senator Cruz that while he knows many of his family members who reached out to him about the switch were “well-meaning,” other Democrats resorted to “traditional standard partisan warfare” and became determined to “take this guy down now.”

“It was almost in some ways inevitable that there was going to be a problem,” Johnson explained. “Because at the Democratic Party’s core, is what I was saying, is a belief that how things turn out for you in this country are largely determined by things outside of your control. The race you’re born with, the neighborhood you’re born in. It excuses away your failures and it excuses away your successes to something outside of your control.”

“If you’re successful and you’re white it’s because, of course, you are,” he continued. “And if you’re unsuccessful and an African American, well, the deck was stacked against you. And I just wasn’t a person who ever believed that.”

Johnson added that in his experience, if you’re willing to put in the work and continue to push forward, you can succeed regardless of your race.

“At every turn, if I put the work in, I was told repeatedly – over and over by people who didn’t look like me – ‘we’re proud of you and we’d like to give you more opportunity,’” Johnson said. “I wasn’t having doors slammed in my face – the harder I pushed, I was having more opportunities given to me.”

Polls continue to show that despite voting almost exclusively for the Party since the 1960s, many black Americans are starting to come to the realization that Democrats’ values do not align with their own, and that their policies are actively harming the nation.

And with Eric Johnson and other prominent black leaders across the country loudly declaring “enough is enough,” Democrats may be on the verge of a major electoral catastrophe.

Hot Take Politics will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.

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