Teen YouTube Star: I’m Done Being a Mouthpiece for Conservatism
CJ Pearson, a 13-year-old Internet star, famous for gaining national attention after he slammed President Barack Obama and for his affiliation with Sen. Ted Cruz, has suggested that he is finished being 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 that issues important to young people,” Pearson told CNN.
“Over the past few days, I thought about essentially how I don’t want people to follow me because I’m that anti-Obama kid, or who called out Hillary Clinton or who took Bernie Sanders to task,” Pearson said. “I don’t want to be the conservative wonder kid that people follow because I make them feel good and 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 generation is one of the most politically diverse ever, and I’ll continue to be a voice but one that looks at issues objectively,” Pearson added. “My views on the issues aren’t going to be dictated by one political platform or another.”
The Hill reports:
Pearson was the chairman of Teens for Ted and part of the Texas senator’s presidential campaign. Pearson left the campaign at the beginning of the month, saying Cruz wasn’t doing enough for issues that affect young people, CNN reported.
Pearson’s YouTube channel has been viewed by more than 5 million people and his Facebook feed has more than 100,000 followers, according to CNN.
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