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Brandon Straka joined the Chicks this morning to talk about how his commencement speech for the class of 2020 became controversial.

Straka is the founder of a conservative social media campaign, #WalkAway, that took off after his video of why he walked away from the liberal/democratic party went viral in 2018. Since then Brandon has built a political commentary career and can be seen on several FOX shows as a reoccurring guest. He has appeared on Justice with Jeanine Pirro, Fox & Friends, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham. He also led a #WalkAway March in D.C that had over 5,000 participants.

Right now, he’s making some waves after a school in Oregon asked Straka to film a commencement speech for their class of 2020. The graduation, like most this year, was virtual due to the pandemic. The speech was pre-taped and Straka even added video clips to assist in the imagery of his speech.


Straka tells his testimony of how he had overcome addiction and fear to build the career he had always dreamed of. He encourages students to not be afraid of failing and to speak their truth.

Towards the end of the speech, video clips of Straka are shown appearing on FOX and shaking President Trump’s hand. This is when many faculty members became uncomfortable with the video.

Several days after the virtual ceremony, Straka received a call that his speech had stirred up controversy. Members of the faculty threatened to quit, others wanted the head of the school (who invited Straka to speak) to resign. All because of the last few minutes of a video highlighting Straka’s successful career.

Listen to Brandon talked about his experience with the Chicks: