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Former ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Isaiah Washington explains decision to support Trump after leaving Democratic Party

Former “Grey’s Anatomy” star Isaiah Washington explained in an interview published Wednesday his decision to “walk away” from the Democratic Party and back President Trump.

“Walking away … is a sacrifice, it’s a risk, and there’s a penalty for it,” Washington told Fox Nation’s “Nuff Said,” adding that “the reason why I’ve chosen to walk away from the Democratic Party as I know it … is that something doesn’t feel right.”

He added: “I don’t know where I’m going, but I know where I come from. And if I look at the political image of the Democratic Party over the last 50 years of my life since I was 5, and very little has changed for my community, then I have some questions — more than questions.” 

{mosads}Washington is a supporter of the #WalkAway movement, a social media campaign that aims to encourage members of the “divisive” Democratic Party to leave it, according to the group’s website. He said he only recently started getting political after Trump invited him to the White House in April to celebrate the First Step Act, which aims to address issues in the criminal justice system.

“I’m going to support the policy over the person,” Washington said.

Washington’s remarks come after the actor tweeted in April that despite voting twice for former President Obama, “not once was I given any support regarding Africa or the Black Agenda,” which fueled his decision to leave the party. 

“You got a lot of conservative or centric libertarian-minded people that really care about other people, but they are terrified to come out of the closet and say anything that’s not in line with the Democratic Party,” Washington told “Nuff Said.”

Washington, who starred on “Grey’s Anatomy” from 2005 to 2007, was fired from the show after he used a homophobic slur in an argument with then-co-star Patrick Dempsey.

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