My #WalkAway Update: Stay Strong Everyone

Wow you guys. I’m floored by the response to my #WalkAway story — especially by my own friends! Over 100k *real* people organizing on FB to say they’re leaving or have left their respective political parties and instead of asking us Why, or using this as an opportunity to open a healthy dialogue, the majority of our friends would rather vilify us, call us brainwashed, racists, white supremacists and worse.

What about taking a moment to reflect on their own politics and wonder why someone would want to leave? What about trying to bring their friends back into the fold in a kind, supportive way?

Naw, self-reflection is hard. Pointing a finger at oneself is difficult. It’s far easier to try and shout us down and insult us until we see how foolish we are and come to our senses, right???

Except that’s not working.

Throwing insults, unfriending, even blocking people they used to care about is only driving an entire group of people further away. Calling a friend a brainwashed robot because they’ve decided to openly speak and think for themselves is only proving to them they we were right to leave.

Get off Twitter if it’s bothersome. Stop using it as the litmus test. That is not the home of this campaign. Every popular thing that exists on Twitter is full of bad actors. Go to any thread about a popular musician or group and you will find a flood of bots trying to sell you something. Twitter is a means for some of us to communicate, but Facebook is where we are currently organizing. And it’s on FB that we’re getting the most hurtful responses, because most of us understand that Twitter is full of trolls and shouldn’t be taken as seriously.

It’s on Facebook that we’re called traitors and cowards by our own friends. It’s there that we risk isolating ourselves in our real lives. It’s where the people we grew up with and love try to openly discredit us by insisting we must be brainwashed and mislead.

Those kind of ‘friends’ don’t need to worry about Russian bots encouraging us to #WalkAway, they’re doing a bang-up job on their own.


  1. I just saw your #Walkaway vid, an feel your pain. I’ve been wondering how the younger generation would react when they gain the insights you highlight in your vid. I believe this Walkaway movement is a healthy way to grow and move forward.
    Being a war veteran, your comments about being an American were especially important to me.

    I’m proud of you, and best of luck!



  2. Dear Vanessa:

    Thank God that you are here. I very much appreciate your comments and your clarity of thought. Our country needs you, especially now.



  3. Hi Vanessa! Hang in there. Your walkaway statement on youtube is very thoughtful and touching – and courageous. Thanks for posting it – you expressed much of how I feel.


  4. Will u please just marry me right now…what r we waiting for? I see a really special person in those beautiful eyes. You are as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside. Please make more of your videos, I like learning from a newly transformed liberal and it’s a unique perspective that I don’t come across too often. I’m glad your life experiences have led you here, we were waiting for you the whole time😍


  5. Vanessa,

    Thank you for the incredible amount of courage it took to make and share these videos!!

    As a lifelong Republican and Conservative Christian, raised from a country viewpoint, I truly don’t understand the Liberal/Leftist perspective on so many subjects.
    But thanks to you, others of the Walk-a-Way movement, and people like Candace Owens, I’m learning that people can grow, change, and open their eyes to what’s really going on.

    I’m excited for you to renew your relationship with your brother and his family!!
    That’s a very special benefit!

    I’m open to discussing anything that you would like to discuss at any time.
    But I am in Florida, so those 3 hours mess things up a bit. 🙂

    Please have a wonderful week! And please stay safe from those fires!!

    Robert Ward


    • Thanks Robert! It certainly has been a roller coaster experience since these first messages were posted just a few months ago. But I’m still trying everyday to wake more people up.

      I’ve checked in with family in CA & they’re okay, I’ve been in DC area 25+ years so not much I can do from here but pray, thanks so much for your concern and support!


  6. Vanessa,

    DC ?!?! WOW. You are right in the middle of things. Somehow I was under the impression that you were around LA.
    Anyway, I have yet to watch more of your videos. (Very high on my “To-Do” list.)

    I was struck (teared up), by your honest admittance that the reason you had become isolated from your nieces was your own fault. That takes strength and must’ve hurt deep down. I admire that courage!
    But the joy of reconciliation is so sweet!!

    If there is anything that this old man can do to encourage you, or exhort you, please let me know.



    • Thank you, I appreciate that. Not L.A. but you’re not totally off, I grew up in San Diego and came to the DC area when I was 10yo. I’ve been here ever since and watched this place just get more and more divided. We’ve finally made the decision to leave and move to a smaller town in a more conservative-leaning state, can’t wait to leave this insanity! Thanks for the comments, if you have time I’d love for you to check out my most recent post. In the few months since the one we’re commenting on my channel’s grown a little and actually caught the attention of the far-left press:


      • Vanessa,

        I Googled you, found your Instagram page, and did some reading.
        I also viewed your most recent video and re-viewed your first video.
        And some other things that you’ve written….

        I found out that you are not a fan of DM. So if I don’t get a response, I understand and respect that.

        So, let me part, (hopefully not), by telling you that….
        1. You are stronger than you give yourself credit for.
        2. AND, you have touched far more lives positively than you’ll ever know! Mine included.
        3. YOU, young lady, have already made a difference!! (At 55, I can officially call you young!) 🙂

        The next time you feeling down, just remember, regarding your size, shape, color, smarts, and heritage:
        You’re just the way you were made – PERFECT!

        You show it every day by your efforts at advocating for suicide prevention,
        your true concern for the well being of strangers!

        I, for one, will be standing in the shadows cheering you on!!

        May God bless you, and May God bless the United States of America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Your new found friend,


        P.S. I’m glad to hear that you had a “Darius” in your life. Those are hard to find.

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