Two high profile gay Trump supporters have shared their story of how they came to defect from the Democratic party.
NYC-based married couple Bill White and Bryan Eure are featured in an illuminating profile in The New York Times today.
In it, they reveal they have the president’s sons on speed dial. They also disclose they’ve spent more than $50,000 supporting him and will put on a £5m fundraiser for him this winter.
‘He has an authenticity’
As Democrats, it was previously reported that the well-connected pair had the late Aretha Franklin perform at their 2011 wedding. They also had President Barack Obama dine at their Chelsea townhouse for a fundraiser.
However, they’ve now changed course. White said: ‘[Trump’s] not a politician. He’s not going to configure himself as anything other than what he is. I think that he has an authenticity.’
Eure furthermore dismissed suggestions Trump’s scaled back LGBTI rights, saying: ‘I don’t like identity politics.’
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The guys’ social media shows many pictures of them posing with Trump. In one photo, Eure refers to Richard Grenell, the gay man who appointed by President Trump as Ambassador to Germany, as a ‘friend.’
White furthermore told the NYT that he was at Hillary’s event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in NYC the night of her election loss, before driving to Trump’s at the New York Hilton the night of his win.
‘I didn’t want to be part of that misery pie; I’m not a wallower in self-pity,’ he said. ‘I really believe that once that decision is made, you have to get behind your president.’
‘He couldn’t get his picture taken’
In a response, Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton, told the New York Times that Trump is ‘racist, he has no respect for women, […] no respect for minorities or for any community, including the LGBT community.’
He furthermore implied the couple changed their politics as they were unable to get a picture with Hillary at a 2016 event.
‘Some people give their time and resources to causes and candidates for the right reasons, some don’t,’ he said. ‘No better indication of which case this is than to watch a guy decide to embrace Trump and all he stands for because he couldn’t get his picture taken one night.’
Many LGBTI rights organizations have been critical of Trump’s presidency, saying it is harmful for the community.
From removing all mention of LGBTI people from the White House website, to his administration’s leaked memo about the potential legal erasure of trans people, remind yourself of Trump’s most anti-LGBTI moments by reading Human Rights Campaign’s ‘Trump’s Timeline of Hate’ feature by clicking here.