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The Democratic Party left me this year — here’s what I am going to do now

My vote has been earned by a Republican, and that is our current President, Donald J. Trump.



Democratic Party

Fox News viewers have long known me as an ardent Democrat, ready to fight for the ‘other’ side. However, in the past eight months, this has changed. It has changed so drastically that I’m jokingly referred to as “Leo 2.0.” It is a change so complete that I am campaigning and preparing to vote Republican in this election — for the first time ever.

I’d like to explain why I’ve left the Democratic party and will proudly cast my vote for President Donald Trump. First let me say, I did not leave the Democrats, they left me. The party of the Civil Rights movement, the party of JFK and “Ask not what your country can do for you” has abandoned all its principles and handed the reins over to extremists.

Let’s start at the top with the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden. On May 22, in an interview with Charlamagne tha God, Biden told him, “I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t Black.” In case you don’t know, I AM Black, and I did not know that the color of my skin also came with a mandate that I vote for the old White guy who’s been in politics for 47 years (without a discernible record of accomplishments on behalf of Black people.)

I didn’t know that Black Americans were expected to form a monolithic voting bloc, one in which we bow down to the almighty Democrats, and do whatever they say. Again, I ask, what has Biden done for Black America? It’s not just Biden — or his dubious choice for vice president — that has me casting a Republican ballot.

What has happened to the Democratic party? I don’t even recognize it anymore — not since they allowed all policy decisions to be made by extremists within the Black Lives Matter and Antifa movements. Thanks, but I’ll take a hard pass on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. dressing up in a kente cloth and taking a knee.

I need, WE need, for Democrats to support law and order. We need Democrats to acknowledge that ALL Black lives matter … that it means more than just the George Floyds of the world. It means the Black-on-Black crime that’s killing children in Chicago, and the looting and riots that killed retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn, a Black man.

Instead of seeing the very real and very necessary reason for police in poor neighborhoods, Democrats are calling to “Defund the Police.” If you do this, who will answer the call to fight the drug dealers and the gang members in the neighborhood? I can assure you, it won’t be a social worker and it won’t be Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Finally, the Democratic party has left me by refusing to acknowledge that President Trump is right about the corrosion of America’s largest cities. Our cities are literally going up in flames, all while the elected officials blithely watch. And guess who’s running them?

Democrats. In New York, it’s Bill DeBlasio, who has even managed to appall traditional Democrats. Chicago has Lori Lightfoot. Seattle has its very own summer-of-love Mayor Jenny Durkan. And there’s Los Angeles, where Eric Garcetti has effectively managed the rapid decline and decay of my beloved home city. These cities regularly make the news for riots, looting, murders and rampant homelessness. The quality of life in these cities has declined — all on the watch of the Democrats.

As a Civil Rights attorney, it would seem out of character for me to vote for Donald Trump. But I am a fair-minded individual and have witnessed our president pass a comprehensive police reform executive order, at the same time supporting law enforcement.

I know from my work that inner-city residents need and depend upon a police presence to fight crime and violence. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party has turned its back on me and all Americans by giving in to chaos and dismissing the needs of the poor and middle classes.

My vote depends upon one thing: who will fight for every American in this country? It’s the candidate who will fight for law and order, and fight for equality of educational opportunities. My vote has been earned by a Republican, and that is our current President, Donald J. Trump.

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  1. Suzanne

    October 4, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you Leo 2.0. We love you and appreciate you understanding our more honest and common sense side of any issue. Welcome!!

    • Caryl

      October 18, 2020 at 11:35 pm

      I am loving Leo Terrell! He is adamant and honest in such a joy, keeps me laughing, too! Thank you Leo!You have been a remarkable and invaluable help to President Trump! You are right, President Trump is lied about 24/7On MSM. Because you are so influential, I’m sure you’re helping so many Democrats see the light!God bless you and God bless President Trump!!!❤️????????????????

  2. Robin

    October 4, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Absolutely correct! You should know I’m White we’ll sort of got some Native American. But I had always voted Democrat and my family. We want be this year 10 of us will be voting for Trump. We don’t even recognize the party. They are against everything I believe in! They have left middle class America behind!!!!!!

  3. Peter Wiedmeyer

    October 4, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Your candor is awesome and greatly appreciated! But, if the electoral votes are tied then the house will decide who is or next President. You need to make sure the House has the as many Republicans To vote Trump in for his second term. Again, thanks for your honesty and view point!

  4. John Jordan

    October 4, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Good Morning !!

  5. Cornelius plooy

    October 4, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Absolutly, this piece is well written, I can’t understand why the black community doesn’t pickup on this, the demorats are using you as well as our Mexican community. I,m also a CCC which stands for a Christian conservative constitionalist.

  6. Sue Marchetta

    October 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Leo, it is wonderful to watch your transformation. Your heart seems lighter and there is real joy and excitement emanating from you. I am so very happy for you.

  7. Rowena Bowers

    October 4, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    Praise God! He saw the light!!!

  8. Diane Wadley

    October 4, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    Welcome, Leo! Sometimes it takes awhile to see clearly. Many, many are beginning to do just that.

  9. BV Nguyen

    October 4, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Thank YOU, Mr. Terrell ????
    My husband & I watched you on Fox and could see your anger towards the GOP many times. Your recent switch made a huge impact on us. Welcome to our side, Sir.

  10. Louis Hymel

    October 4, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Leo Terrell – you’re a great American with a clear understanding and Vision what America needs today and that TRUMP 2020 and the Republicans to keep the Senate and take control of away from Nutty Nancy!

  11. Cindy

    October 4, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Awesome testimony. Your voice has always been powerful (both Democratic and the new 2.0 New Leo)! Might I add that since your transformation you have a softer look. You don’t have that angry scowl on your face anymore. Lol I think I see the loving side of Leo 2.0! God bless

  12. June Richardson

    October 4, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    You do seem happier. I use to turn the channel every time you came on the Ingraham Angle but now I love to hear you talk & tweet. Thanks for all you do. We will lose our country if he’s not re-elected

  13. Allen

    October 4, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Leo, I’m so proud of your courage to leave the Democrat plantation. I’m now a big fan of yours, Sir!

  14. Greg Hood

    October 4, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Very well written and as clear as a bell. I have loved watching your common sense transformation and I’m so glad you are on the right side of history on this. Thank you for speaking to me and others and helping people realize that common sense will prevail.

  15. Patrick

    October 4, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Leo this is awesome. I have listened to you on and off over the years on 790 kabc. I remember when u did a sunday show at 10 pm on that station and you were never thrilled with the republican party but trump has rebranded the party to a working class party. I dont think a woman you have co hosted with in the past Jillian Barberie would be to happy about your vote. I am Leo god bless you. #Maga2020

  16. RonH

    October 4, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    No real American could ever support today’s Democrat party, it has gone far far to the left, and stands for nothing American anymore.

  17. Carrie

    October 4, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Leo! I have enjoyed watching your evolution. I’m not going to lie – my husband and I used to throw things at the Tv When Leo 1.0 was on! You were the worst. Now I love Leo 2.0! We run in to watch and turn it up loud when you’re on! You are nailing it from every angle! Trump is fighting for everyone in America. He believes in the dream for everyone. The left has it all wrong. Thank you for the reboot – I think YOU are the one who is the example now to so many people who want to switch over from the left and walk on the right path! Way to go!

  18. Ian

    October 4, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Powerful words Leo! I suspect you are far from alone in your views on the current state of the Democrat party. American’s are not as stupid or ill-informed as the Dems and the main stream media seem to believe. They have a big wake-up call coming their way next month.

  19. Pat

    October 4, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Wow Mr. Leo Terrell you have done a complete turnaround, and I must say you do appear to be happier and calmer. I am glad you are finally seeing what we Conservatives have seen President Trump do. Trump is fighting for the American people not trying to please and appease government officials. He is not a yes man, he is a make it happen man!

  20. emmett

    October 4, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    I truly believe that dems are so angry at Americans for voting Trump in that they seek to punish us by looking the other way. You turned your backs on your own supporters in favor of so called progressives also. The last 4yrs you’ve done nothing but try to overturn the peoples choice and i think it will blow up in their faces soon. I hope people see your message and come out of the darkness that surrounds them. See the light

  21. Marilee

    October 4, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Mr. Terrell,
    You have no clue how many of us admire you for your courage! Stay the course,and continue to always be the voice for all Civil Liberties. Welcome!

  22. Robert Price

    October 4, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    The fact is the only ones who receive social security benefits have paid an average of 20 years of FICA taxes and are working jobs most Americans won’t do. If you don’t want to pay the benefits they paid into, then at least refund the funds these workers and their employers contributed in their name to the Social Security Trust Fund. I’m glad your leaving the party of hard working Americans. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

  23. Mark

    October 5, 2020 at 12:14 am

    So refreshing to hear complete honesty! Thank you Leo! Honesty is missing these days in Politics and I enjoy your total candor! Plus your comments are 100% on the money! Thank you!

  24. Roger1868

    October 5, 2020 at 1:42 am

    Thank you so much, Leo ! How anyone can vote Democrat, has not read the 110 page Biden-Sanders Manifesto. The Manifesto states that Biden will nullify and remove the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution of the United States. Now that in itself is insanity personified, and is only a fragment of what pain Biden plans to wreak on America, in his Manifesto.

  25. Mark Gilbaugh

    October 5, 2020 at 5:14 am

    Brother Leo, it seems that the most high energy Trumpicans/Trumpicrats are the ones that came in from the cold dead and souless party of hate. Welcome!!!!!

  26. Barbara Reiff

    October 5, 2020 at 5:39 am

    Trump 2020

    I’m watching you from Australia
    So let me get this straight,
    I see a wave of failure,
    All that you do is hate.
    But what do you hate the most of all,
    Are you hardly being fair,
    After he’s done so much for you,
    The man with the orange hair?

    You hate that he’s cut your taxes,
    More money in your sack,
    Boosted all your retirement funds,
    You’d like to give them back.
    He cut the corporate taxes to
    Return them to your shores,
    Against the odds, eight million jobs,
    Thanks to him, are yours.

    He lowered the unemployment rate
    For all minorities,
    And yet you say he’s a racist,
    You really think? Oh, Please!!!
    He’s brokered peace in the middle east
    Is bringing your soldiers home,
    No need to die in the wars gone by
    In some foreign field, alone.

    Your nastiness will destroy yourselves
    It is what comes around,
    You seem all right with the rioters,
    Burning down your towns,
    If you’re too stupid to vote for him
    On your election day,
    Venezuela is no more grim
    Than you, in the U.S.A.

    David Lewis Paget

  27. George

    October 5, 2020 at 5:43 am

    Philadelphia 2020
    Leo 2.0
    You are the Man..
    Thank you so much for explaining your transformation.
    I had been wanting to know the background.
    You are welcome to stay in our Bellwood PA B&B!

  28. Susan Doyle

    October 5, 2020 at 7:34 am

    I have watched your Transformation with Joy while viewing Fox from Australia. It has been so heartening to watch someone else realise that those who we thought could be trusted have been using us and our vote for far too many years. That it is not us that have left the Party but they who have left us in their dust as they veer further extreme left as they work to enrich themselves & their bank balances at the expense of and to the detriment of everyday people. They have sold out America to the highest bidders and for the Democrats that is China. The dishonesty and Corruption of too many of them and their Lettered Agency Bureaucrats is breathtaking and they should be punished severely.
    Anyhoo, it has been wonderful to witness your Transformation and I now see a lightness within you that was not there before. You seem Happier, more comfortable and at peace with yourself than as Leo 1. Best Wishes. I am sure President Trump really appreciates your support. He is a Man of the People For the People regardless of skin colour. He is the Hope of just America but the Free World

  29. cranerigger

    October 5, 2020 at 8:40 am

    We are all AMERICANS. Thank you Mr. Terrell for making a well-thought-out argument for a reasoned VOTE this November.

  30. DavidC

    October 5, 2020 at 9:10 am

    We are all human beings Sir. Skin color does not and never has made the person who they are. Actions do! Your article, your vote for Pres. Trump, all based on truth and love of country, is the most important actions you (and others) can take.
    I would also like to point out that I believe the Democrat Socialists are acting the way they are because they are afraid of Pres. Trump getting a second term. Because if he does, like all second term presidents, they have no more reelections to worry about. Which means he can take off the gloves, and seriously turn up the heat in his efforts to clean up the government. Think about it… a hurricane is coming for the Democrat Socialists and the corrupt people in government, and its name is Pres. Trump!

  31. Gary

    October 5, 2020 at 9:27 am

    Welcome Leo! I have watched you for years as a democrat and could see the anger in your face and in your responses when debating Candace Owens and others on the Ingraham Angle. BUT at the same time, I could also see the goodness in your heart. I am so glad you have come to the ‘right’ side Leo!

  32. Rick Berry

    October 5, 2020 at 10:16 am

    Welcome Leo and I noticed you smile a lot more.

  33. Kathy Courtney

    October 5, 2020 at 11:26 am


  34. Kathy Courtney

    October 5, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Leo, I watched your conversion on Hannity and it was a joy to behold. I used to wonder why you seemed so angry all the time, but now I see a softer smiling, almost childlike excitement when you share on the various programs. May our Lord bless you as you continue to share your story.

  35. Edo Tokyo

    October 5, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Leo 2.0 just seems so much happier! Great smile & glad to see you doing it more often. Trump is such a positive person and seems to have opened the door to new opportunities. If we can flourish as a country, then everyone can share in the benefits.

  36. A.M.

    October 6, 2020 at 12:59 am

    So happy that you have seen the light. I love watching you now instead of muting you! Yay, Leo 2.0!

  37. David

    October 7, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    Leo 2.0!
    You da man. So refreshing to have someone who was “supposed to vote democrat” actually examine the facts.
    God bless you and I’m going to buy a Leo 2.0 hat!


    October 10, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    My family are lifelong Democrats. I’ve been a Republican for 48 years and I had and still have no problem voting Democrat if the Republican was a scum. I’m praying your views are given a fair evaluation by other Democrats who aren’t sure if it’s ok to turn from the party that is no longer true to it’s origins. May your voice of reason prevail against the loud screaming of the extremists.

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