WalkAway Movement founder Brandon Straka hosted a large, peaceful RescueAmerica rally in Dallas. The rally was disrupted by violence from Black Lives Matter.
WalkAway is a grassroots movement established in 2018 by self-described former liberal Straka. The movement supports those who seek to distance themselves from leftist tactics and policies.
Their website states:
“The WalkAway Campaign encourages and supports those on the Left to walk away from the divisive tenets endorsed and mandated by the Democratic Party of today.
“We are walking away from the lies, the false narratives, the fake news, the race-baiting, the victim narrative, the violence, the vandalism, the vitriol.”
The statement goes on to declare:
“We are walking away from a party driven by hate. We are walking toward patriotism and a new, unified America! We are the future of this great nation!”
The Rescue America rally was, in Straka’s words:
“To rescue America from radical leftists that are out destroying America’s cities and streets.”
Straka described the rally as a “HUGE hit.”
Dallas News estimated the gathering at 250 attendees.
Video shows a large crowd of people holding WalkAway signs, waving American flags, and chanting, “Walk away!”
The crowd gathered at Kyle Warren Park, then marched without incident to Main Street Garden downtown.
They were heard shouting:
“Hey, hey, ho, ho, Antifa has got to go.”
Speakers included Straka himself, who spoke of the left’s destructive actions, and of the erroneous characterizations of the right by the left.
“They want you to believe we’re a bunch of racists and homophobes.”
“But I’m looking out and seeing black faces here. I’m seeing Hispanic faces here.”
Speaker David Harris, Jr., author of Why I Couldn’t Stay Silent: One Man’s Battle as a Black Conservative, asked the crowd:
“How many of you are tired of the lies?”
“You are the resistance to their lies. You defy everything they say about Donald Trump. We’ve got God on our side. We’ve got truth on our side.”
One attendee, Teri Masters of Dallas, told Dallas News that she was “dismayed by the looting and destruction” that characterized other protests.
“It’s time for the violence to stop.”
She went on to say:
“Innocent people are getting hurt.”
Speaking to the peaceful crowd, Straka echoed this sentiment, saying to those responsible for violent protests:
“We’re here to let you know that your summer of rage has come to an end.”
Sadly, Black Lives Matter counter-protestors had other ideas.
Video, shown below, shows a man, carrying a megaphone and wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt, scuffling with a security guard backstage at the rally. The man is clearly seen to drive his fist into the neck of the guard, who then takes him to the ground.
Other agitators press in and attempt to prevent the security guard from detaining the man, while WalkAway demonstrators wrestle them away. At one point, pepper spray appears to be deployed.
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