It all began with a tweet from activist and @BuildTheWave co-founder, Ryan Knight. Well, truly, it began before that, when the Republicans seemed to become the party of lies, hate, and racism. But on Twitter, it started with Knight sending out a tweet about how Democrats should react when they hear that Republicans are switching to voting blue over red.
“Dear Fellow Democrats,” he wrote, “When a Republican says they are appalled by their party and voting blue please don’t say things like ‘what took you so long.’ Just say ‘thank you.’ Justified anger is not a luxury we can afford WHILE our country is being taken over by white nationalists.”
Dear Fellow Democrats,
When a Republican says they are appalled by their party and voting blue please don’t say things like “what took you so long.” Just say “thank you.” Justified anger is not a luxury we can afford WHILE our country is being taken over by white nationalists.
— Ryan Knight ? (@ProudResister) October 31, 2018
In response to Knight’s tweet, he heard from many, many people who had been lifelong (or at least recent) Republicans who, for one reason or another, changed their minds and decided to vote Democrat in this election. He created the hashtag #GOPVotingBlue for people to use to share their stories.
Something quite extraordinary is happening. I have heard from thousands of Republicans over the past few days who are putting our country over their party and voting Democratic on November 6th to put a check on @realDonaldTrump. To read their stories check out #GOPVotingBlue. ??
— Ryan Knight ? (@ProudResister) November 2, 2018
And there were just so many of them! It’s glorious to behold! Republicans are saying that they’re voting blue all the way down the ballot. And Democrats are welcoming them and thanking them heartily.
My mom, a lifelong Republican, went to early vote yesterday. She‘s legally blind so I had to go help. Starting with governor I said, “Do you want Rauner, the Republican, or Pritzker, the Democrat.” She said, “Just go down the list & vote all Democrat, I don’t care who they are.”
— David Hoffman (@atDavidHoffman) November 2, 2018
I’m a veteran and have always voted conservative. This election I voted blue down the ballot. I have left the Republican Party. #GOPvotingBlue
— Hank the Tank?? (@Corsair502) November 2, 2018
Ana Navarro, the Republican strategist and political commentator, tweeted that she was voting for Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum in the Florida gubernatorial race. She explained, “13 Americans died b/c of hate crimes last week. I can’t rationalize voting for anyone embracing Trump as he continues to divide Americans & peddle bigotry.”
13 Americans died b/c of hate crimes last week. I can’t rationalize voting for anyone embracing Trump as he continues to divide Americans & peddle bigotry. For 1st time, I won’t be voting for a Republican for Governor. I’m voting for @AndrewGillum https://t.co/IbWft8LskN
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) November 2, 2018
Lifelong Republican – I registered as a Democrat in March after learning of the child separations. My eyes are open. #GOPVotingBlue (Excited we have a hashtag!)
— Mel✊? (@ResistingEsq) November 2, 2018
#GOPVotingBlue I’ve told my Republican representatives for two years straight as a lifelong Republican I will be voting straight ticket blue for the first time ever and they have themselves to blame. They ignored their constituents to serve themselves but I get the last laugh.
— Originalslushey (@slushey) November 2, 2018
Hero Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger, the famous captain who landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009, apparently decided that he was no longer a Republican, choosing instead to vote “for leaders committed to rebuilding our common values and not pandering to our basest impulses.” I’m almost crying with happiness!
Capt Sully Sullenberger, who has abandoned his lifelong Republican identification, says he’ll be “voting for leaders committed to rebuilding our common values and not pandering to our basest impulses.“ https://t.co/2yTf0dKVs3
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) November 1, 2018
I’m a Republican voting Blue. Country before Party.
— Lis Heredia (@lisheredia) November 3, 2018
Thank you. I am a Republican and voted all blue and encouraged my daughter to vote all blue and to encourage her friends (she is a new voter). Every time I have made the comment of voting Democrat I have had nothing but thanks and love and welcoming words from Dems ???
— Emma (@EmmaLevert) October 31, 2018
One after another, former Republicans took to Twitter to share their decisions to vote blue in this election because the Republican party no longer represented their values.
I’m voting D for the first time ever. I don’t need thanks. I need more people to vote D. ?
— Laura McGinnis (@TxsleuthUSA) November 1, 2018
Same here Laura, our household flipped from all red to all blue, and never going back to red either, never ever ever
— Michael Mulhern (@touchofgrey5) November 1, 2018
Some of them thanked Knight for starting the hashtag and giving them a way to make themselves heard.
There are more of us than people think. We’ve watched silently as our party was hijacked and weak leaders bowed down for power. We are real. We will, without fanfair, check him ourselves. Thank you for this hashtag, so we know we aren’t alone. I will be #GOPvotingblue
— Shannon Berry (@sassyshannon95) November 3, 2018
I’m not only #GOPVotingBlue, I’ve abandoned the party and have registered Dem. The “Grand” Old Party is not so grand anymore…and is nothing but the party of Trump. They deserve to be voted out of existence.
— Kevin Cornman ? ? (@kcornman) November 2, 2018
As a man named Adam Griffin wrote, “The conservative party I thought I knew no longer exists, and I can’t stand by while our country continues to fall apart.”
I changed my party registration to “unaffiliated” in 2016, and next week I’m choosing all blue for the first time in 10 years of being a registered voter. The conservative party I thought I knew no longer exists, and I can’t stand by while our country continues to fall apart…
— Adam Griffin ? (@adam_gryffindor) November 2, 2018
People spoke of family and friends who were switching to the Democratic party, many just because of Trump’s hateful rhetoric.
My husband is a registered Republican. He is retired from 38 yrs. in law enforcement. He stands with Mueller & the Rule of Law & is voting straight DEMOCRATIC! He Despises EVERYTHING about Trump!#GOPvotingBlue
— Jeanne (@V2Jeanne) November 3, 2018
Check out this lawn sign!
— Mark Metz (@markmetz) November 3, 2018
And not only are they just voting blue, but some of them have also even hit the streets to canvass for Democrats!
I recently moved to PA, Philly area. Just had a canvasser stop by. He told me he was a life long Republican, has 4 adult children. He and his wife were canvassing for Dems, family will be voting straight blue ticket on 11/6 & all have left Repub party. #GOPVotingBlue
— Lisa Zatyko (@LZatyko) November 2, 2018
Last night, I heard from a friend (a registered republican).. They called to
tell me that they just left the poll AND voted for Democrats all the way down the ballot. They said they were very impressed w/ a few Dem candidates they met outside, Dem materials & they felt hopeful!
— Helen_Voted_Blue!❄️? (@Cruellaisdevine) November 2, 2018
Is it all right for Democrats to be hopeful yet? No one can believe the polls, because no one wants to suffer the same disappointment they felt when everyone swore Hillary Clinton was going to win the presidential election in 2016. So it’s a matter of waiting to see what the outcome is. But maybe…just maybe…Democrats have a chance of flipping the house?
Maybe we’ll finally get some good news for the first time in two years?
All we can do is pray.
And THANK THESE PEOPLE FOR MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE! Welcome to blue! We’re so happy to have you here!