President Donald Trump’s love and defense of America convinced a lifelong Democrat to make the switch.
Former liberal Ryan Moore made a complete about-face in his political views and the party he identified with following a series of events that re-shaped his thinking about Trump and the Republican Party.
(Video: Fox News)
Moore spoke with Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt and Steve Doocy on “Fox & Friends” on Monday about becoming a “gun-toting conservative and a Trump supporter” and the backlash he has received from the not-so-tolerant left for his decision.
Held up at gunpoint and robbed when he was living in San Francisco in 2013, Moore’s thoughts on gun ownership began to change and were affected as well when a house purchase years later in Washington state got him thinking about home invasions.
“I started thinking about, what am I going to do — the police are minutes away — what am I going to do, how am I going to defend my life,” he recalled. “So that’s when my views really changed and I decided to purchase a gun.”
He told Doocy that his earlier liberal mindset was shaped by “someone I really looked up to” who said he “should always vote Democrat.” He explained the he “had to learn to be a Democrat” as his views were formed, as an 18-year-old, by owning the Democrat viewpoint after being advised by someone associated with the rock band Devo, which Moore worked for.
He admitted he found the backlash against him for his support of Trump “pretty surprising.”
“So many Democrats, I believe, it seems they support the First Amendment when they agree with what you’re saying, but as soon as they disagree with what you’re saying, now they automatically just call you racist, or white supremacist or just attack you personally,” Moore said.
He elaborated on what attracted him to Trump enough to make him change his mind, citing the president “putting Americans first.”
“I really believe that,” he said. “I love America. I love products to be made in America. I love all Americans and I really absolutely believe that the president does as well.”
“We’re finally putting our own country ahead of other countries,” Moore added.
He noted how he lost “thousands” of social media followers, including family members and people he knew personally, when he switched to becoming a Republican.
“It’s crazy that people can’t remain connected and remain friends and get along if they disagree on politics,” he said.
In an opinion post earlier this year titled,”How I went from liberal to conservative in 30 short years,” Moore outlined his journey to the right and how he learned that Democrats did not stand for his “natural” beliefs.
“Over the next few years there were times when I viewed something one way but found out the liberal view was the opposite, so the Democrats whipped me into shape to toe the party line,” he wrote.
“I remained a Democrat throughout my life as I thought they cared about what was best for America and for all Americans. It turns out that is not the case. They do not put America and all Americans first. It is the Republicans and President Trump who put America and all Americans first,” Moore continued.
He concluded that, although his views on some of the issues appeared to have changed, “on many other issues I had always been conservative.”
Moore’s recent op-ed, published last week in the Des Moines Register, called for a return to civility in the nation.
Let’s bring civility back in America! Is respect and tolerance gone for good from the Democratic Party?
My latest oped @DMRegister today. https://t.co/0HwGe19slP
— Ryan Moore (@RyanMoore) August 15, 2019
“Can we no longer have civil debates and in the end agree to disagree and shake hands?” he wrote.
“Now I’m a member of a highly persecuted group. After I came out as a conservative, everything changed. In America today, most conservatives feel they must either keep their political views private, or not reveal who they are employed by, or they know the liberal mob will come after them,” he added.
“Far too many Democrats believe the First Amendment only applies to the opinions they agree with. I’m not saying that only the Left is to blame for the lack of civility but in all my years as an outspoken liberal — no one attacked me as viciously as the Left does now for my political opinions,” Moore wrote.
“I thought the Left was in favor of tolerance and diversity?” he wondered. “Let go of your hate. Live and let live.”
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