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Republicans Are Voting For Democrats As #GOPVotingBlue Hashtag Goes Viral

Something big is going down in the voting booths. Tons of lifelong Republicans are changing their minds and voting for Democrats in the midterms, and they’re telling their stories on Twitter.

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.”

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.

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.

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.”

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!

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.

Some of them thanked Knight for starting the hashtag and giving them a way to make themselves heard.

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.”

People spoke of family and friends who were switching to the Democratic party, many just because of Trump’s hateful rhetoric.

Check out this lawn sign!

And not only are they just voting blue, but some of them have also even hit the streets to canvass for Democrats!

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!


Written by Dean

Dean Altman is a writer living in NYC.