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Isaiah Washington, Actor Fired for Homophobia, 'Comes Out' for Trump

Isaiah Washington, Actor Fired for Homophobia, 'Comes Out' for Trump

Isaiah Washington

The disgraced Grey's Anatomy actor said Democrats are "not doing enough" for the Black community.

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Isaiah Washington has officially "come out" as a supporter of Donald Trump.

The actor, who was fired from Grey's Anatomy for hurling an antigay slur on set, told Fox Nation's Nuff Said that Hollywood's blue-leaning culture has closeted many conservatives in the entertainment industry.

"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," said Washington.

Washington -- who now identifies as a member of the #WalkAway movement from liberal politics -- said Democrats are "not doing enough" for the Black community. He cited to Trump's support of the First Step Act, which would help prisoners assimilate into society and reduce sentences, as one of the reasons for switching alliances. Previously, he had been a supporter of Barack Obama's presidency.

"I voted for 44 twice. I even checked my emails in his Senate Office while lobbying for Salone to be given another chance to rebrand. Not once in 8 years was I given any support regarding Africa or the Black Agenda, but 45 invites me to the WH to celebrate the #FirstStepAct," Washington tweeted in April.

Washington, who did indeed visit the White House for the First Step Act earlier this year, is now calling on Trump to deliver reparations in 2020.

The actor lost his role on the acclaimed ABC drama Grey's Anatomy after reportedly using the f word against gay cast member T.R. Knight on set in 2006. He used the word again at a 2007 Golden Globes ceremony in front of reporters in denying the earlier incident.

Washington had made attempts to atone for the slurs by meeting with LGBTQ leaders, but he was terminated at the end of the television season. He has since tried to reform his image through donating to organizations like Equality California, supporting marriage equality, and starring in the 2014 film Blackbird, which addresses homophobia in religion.

However, Washington's support for the president will earn him no points with the LGBTQ community. The Trump administration has moved to attack LGBTQ rights over 100 times. Notably, the president has banned trans troops from serving in the military. In August, his administration filed a brief with the Supreme Court urging the justices to rule that it's legal to fire workers because of their sexual orientation.

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Daniel Reynolds

Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.
Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.