Reported by Liku Zelleke
He was an online sensation of sorts and dubbed the “Anti-Obama Kid” for his conservative outlooks and his critical stand against President Barack Obama.
Oh, and he’s only 13 years old.
CJ Pearson became an online star after he made, and released, a video criticizing President Obama for stepping away from the label that made him famous. He claimed, at the time, that the President had a “downright hate for American values” and that he was unwilling to defend the United States against terrorism.
Once the video was released, it made Pearson a YouTube star and he was made the chairman of Ted Cruz’s “Teens for Ted” campaign. He even made it on to Fox & Friends.
But that is all history; now; Pearson is marching to a new tune and says he no longer wants to be a supporter of the Republican Party because he is tired of the Reps’ turning “a blind eye to racial discrimination.”
He told CNN that he was “tired of being a champion of any cause that denies equal rights to every American” and tired of “being a champion of a party that doesn’t care about the issues important to young people.”
His decision, Pearson says, was partially influenced by the recently released video which showed Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by a Chicago PD officer.
Days before he made his announcement that he was breaking away from his support of the Reps, Pearson had responded to the video by saying it was neither a conservative nor a liberal issue.
He said, “This is an issue about a gross miscarriage of justice, this is a tragedy” and that it has “happened far too many times…”
“This is a problem, and that is why Laquan deserves justice. This is an issue where conservatives and liberals should come together,” he told his followers. “I want to see your hearts. Because that boy, he was somebody’s son and that mother misses her little boy.”
“I don’t want to be the conservative wonder kid that people follow because I make them feel good or like young people are part of their movement. I want to be followed because I’m the voice of a generation that doesn’t have a voice at the table… My views on the issues aren’t going to be dictated by one political platform or another. There is not a liberal America and a conservative America. There is the United States of America.”