"The reason why I have chosen to walk away from the Democratic party as I know it, I walk away from the Republican party as I don't know it...is that something doesn't feel right," Washington explained on Tyrus' Fox Nation show "Nuff Said."
The interview generated a lot of reaction. BET wrote today, "'Grey's Anatomy' Star Isaiah Washington Announces He's Voting For Trump", and TheBlaze covered the news with the headline, "Hollywood actor Isaiah Washington details his decision to quit the Democratic Party: 'Something doesn't feel right'"
Tyrus believes that Washington is not alone in his opinion and that it reflects a growing feeling among the American public.
"I think more Americans, in general, feel that way... The message is: it's not just Black Americans, White Americans, Asian Americans, we're not groups. We don't have group meetings when we go to vote... We're all individuals and you shouldn't fall into one line of thinking," said Tyrus on Outnumbered.
Washington also detailed how his political activism developed recently after he attended a celebration at the Trump White House following the passage of the First Step Act, which is a bipartisan prison reform bill that reduces sentences and helps former prisoners re-enter society.
At the time, Washington tweeted, “Those who know, know that I’m not a Democrat or a Republican. I will work w/h anyone as long as things get done. The #FirstStepAct was passed on December 21, 2018 w/h the hard work of @JessyMichele @LouislReed @VanJones68 and @cut_50 I’m proud to stand with them all today.”
Washington told Tyrus, "If I look at the political literature of the Democratic party over the last 50 years... and very little has changed in my community and just two blocks over from where I am right now then I have some questions, I got more than questions...I have empirical evidence that something is wrong."
On the Outnumbered couch, Tyrus said, "[Washington's] message was important -- about not voting based off of your race, your party... if you feel something is wrong you have to vote for yourself, not necessarily party."
Fox News host Kennedy agreed with Tyrus and went even further in her criticism of party politics. "I think we should demand more, especially in these areas where people are so incredibly underserved. And I don't just encourage people to walk away from the Democratic party. I encourage people to walk away from the two-party system because it is absolutely broken," said Kennedy.
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