Black, gay Army veteran explains why he's 'coming out' as conservative

A gay, black army veteran has "come out" -- as a Republican.

Rob Smith served for two tours in the Middle East, and was even arrested at the White House protesting the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy that banned gay soldiers in the military, and wrote a memoir called “Confessions of a ‘Dont’ Ask, Don’t Tell’ Soldier.”

Now, he’s telling the Daily Mail he’s "coming out" as conservative because he’s sick of the “outrage culture” of Democrats, especially how Kanye West was treated when he embraced Donald Trump.

“I just looked at this whole thing and said well if it can happen to Kanye, it can happen to anybody!” Smith said.

He says his path to conservatism started a year ago when he read Florida senator Marco Rubio’s Book, "American Dreams" and was shocked that what he saw as the humanity and depth of the Senator’s ideas could come from a conservative.

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Flags decorate graves after U.S. Army soldiers of the 3rd United States Infantry Regiment spent several hours walking from headstone to headstone at Arlington National Cemetery in advance of Memorial Day in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Participants march during the 2018 National Memorial Day Parade held by the American Veterans Center, in Washington, U.S., May 28, 2018. REUTERS/Toya Sarno Jordan
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U.S. President Donald Trump, Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford and U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery as part of Memorial Day observance, in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., May 28, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
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Participants gather in the parking lot of the Pentagon as thousands of military veterans and their supporters participate in the 31st annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally and Memorial Day weekend "Ride for Freedom" motorcycle procession in Washington, U.S., May 27, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Participants gather in the parking lot of the Pentagon as thousands of military veterans and their supporters participate in the 31st annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally and Memorial Day weekend "Ride for Freedom" motorcycle procession in Washington, U.S., May 27, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Participants gather in the parking lot of the Pentagon as thousands of military veterans and their supporters participate in the 31st annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally and Memorial Day weekend "Ride for Freedom" motorcycle procession in Washington, U.S., May 27, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
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The Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds perform as part of a Memorial Day event on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 26, 2018. REUTERS/Johnny Milano
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U.S. Army soldiers of the 3rd United States Infantry Regiment place U.S. flags on graves at Arlington National Cemetery in advance of Memorial Day in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Flags decorate graves after U.S. Army soldiers of the 3rd United States Infantry Regiment spent several hours walking from headstone to headstone at Arlington National Cemetery in advance of Memorial Day in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Smith says it’s important to come out as conservative to show people that blacks and gays don’t have to be Democrats and to counter the narrative that all conservative Republicans are racist.

“I do believe in strong borders, I do believe that we need to start having real conversations about the illegal immigration situation in this country. And when you say that, you are called a racist," he said. "I am not the first black, gay Republican. I’m just the one that’s going to take the heat for saying it publicly.”

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