The #WalkAway rally in Washington this weekend was a huge success for organizer Brandon Straka and the Republican Party as a whole, attracting prominent conservative stars and even getting the attention of the President himself.

“Walkaway from the Democrat Party movement marches today in D.C.,” wrote Trump on Saturday. “Congratulations to Brandon Straka for starting something very special.”

For those uninitiated, the #WalkAway movement (dismissed as nothing other than a Russian troll campaign by liberals who would really, really like to believe that) started this year when former Democrat Straka, a gay hairstylist, suddenly realized that the left…had gone absolutely nuts.

A fervent Hillary Clinton supporter in 2016, Straka began to see a broad disconnect between the real President Trump and the monster portrayed by the media. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when Straka, who took for granted that Trump mocked a disabled reporter at a campaign rally, saw a video showing that Trump has made those same hand gestures many times in reference to people who were not in any way handicapped. The veil began to lift.

Straka left his comfortable home in the Democratic Party behind, and it was not long before his social media posts turned into a viral sensation. Thousands of people joined the online movement, resigning from the Democratic Party after realizing that they were supporting politicians who did not give a single damn about them in any context other than their demographic characteristics.

“The Democratic Party has taken for granted that it owns racial, sexual, and religious minorities in America,” Straka said in May. “It has encouraged groupthink, hypocrisy, division, stereotyping, resentment, and the acceptance of victimhood mentality.”

Saturday marked the movement’s big coming out party, so to speak, proving once and for all that this was not just Straka and an army of Russian bots. Hundreds of disillusioned Democrats showed up to hear from speakers like Dinesh D’Souza, Wayne Dupree, Stacey Dash, Tomi Lahren, and others.

“We’re walking away from the Democratic Party and literally walking toward freedom,” Straka told Fox News. “People are fed up with what’s happening on the left.”

Straka said the movement skyrocketed over the past month in the wake of the Kavanaugh hearings.

“People in their 60s and 70s who had been Democrats their whole life said, ‘This was the final straw for me,’” Straka said.

Not all of these former Democrats are likely to suddenly join the MAGA movement or begin reading the collected works of William F. Buckley in their spare time. Some of them may never cast a vote for Republicans. But they have certainly awakened to the diseased core of today’s Democratic Party, and that alone is a positive sign for the direction of this country’s future.