A self-described former "Trump troll" revealed why he stopped listening to conservative pundits and joined the "Blue Wave" during the 2018 midterm elections.
"I used to be a Trump supporter, even a Trump troll," Queens, NY resident David Weissman wrote in The Forward. "But in the past several months, my eyes have been opened to the true nature of President Trump’s base — and of President Trump himself."
Weissman said he's had to learn "to decipher the news" for himself — and in doing so, discovered that "you shouldn’t take a pundit at their word."
At a certain point, the former Trump troll said he "started to ask myself why there were so many more experts cited in most traditional media outlets than ever appeared on Fox News or in other smaller conservative outlets."
Conservative news outlets, Weissman noted, often demonize "liberal values" — but he realized reality is different than those portrayals.
"I have also learned that a lot of liberal values do match Jewish values, which surprised me. I have also learned that the majority of liberal Democrats fight racism and sexism and fight for basic human rights without an agenda," he wrote in a community post on the Jewish magazine's website, "regardless of what conservative outlets say."
"I have realized that while Trump has been pushing one version of American culture, America consists of many wonderful cultures, which makes this country unique, and more importantly, a Democracy," Weismann added.
In the months leading up to the election, Weismann said that he's spoken to Muslims and learned "that many are wonderful people and have contributed to society, and that their religion is not a hateful ideology" — in contrast to the religion's portrayals by conservative media.
He added that he learned through research that Democrats are not trying to take guns away or violate the Second Amendment and "the NRA enables mass shootings when they threaten politicians, and I believe that they prioritize a selfish agenda over saving lives of American citizens."
Read the entire post via The Forward.