The 13-year-old Internet phenom who gained national attention criticizing President Barack Obama and briefly was a part of the Ted Cruz campaign is renouncing conservatism, saying he's looking to be a voice unbound by party ideology.
CJ Pearson told CNN on Friday that concerns about the Republican Party's viewpoints on racial and gender disparity as well as youth issues convinced him he could no longer be a mouthpiece for conservatism.
"I was tired of being a champion of a party that turned a blind eye to racial discrimination. Tired of being a champion of any cause that denies equal rights to every American. Tired of being a champion of a party that doesn't care about the issues important to young people," Pearson wrote in an email.
The 13-year-old, African-American YouTube star from Georgia said in an interview that he began considering the change after a conversation with another teen friend, who asked why he doesn't speak out on racial discrimination -- to which he replied he was concerned his followers wouldn't be pleased.
Apparently the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, who was shot sixteen times by a police officer, proved too much for the teen.
And this kid was certainly not shy about sharing his opinions. His YouTube channel is full of angry diatribes against Hillary Clinton, President Obama, Bernie Sanders, you name it, and, if it's liberal, he trashes it.
You might also remember him as the kid who claimed that President Obama blocked him on Twitter.
So I guess the question that needs to be asked is, "If at 13 this kid can see the Republican party for what it is, what's stopping the rest of the country?"
Sadly I think I already know the answer.