Wealthy Gay Couple Flip From Dem To GOP Depending On Who’s In Charge

The New York Times has profiled Donald Trump supporters Bill White and his husband Bryan Eure.

The primary interest in the couple is that they are that rare breed of openly-gay Trumpers.

In fact, they are organizing a $5 million fund-raiser for the Trumpster this winter and boast about having Don Trump Jr. on speed dial.

But that wasn’t always the case.

For years they enjoyed being a part of Manhattan’s liberal elite. 

They supported both of Hillary Clinton’s bids for president quite whole-heartedly, paid Aretha Franklin to sing at their 2011 wedding, and even hosted President Obama at a high-end $39,500-a-plate fund-raiser at their townhouse in Manhattan’s uber-gay neighborhood, Chelsea.

But, per the New York Times, on election night November 8, 2016, while standing among the Hillary supporters in what everyone expected to be a celebration, White saw the writing on the wall in the election returns.

Without missing a beat, he jumped in his car and drove to the New York Hilton, where Trump was celebrating the surprise win.

“I didn’t want to be part of that misery pie; I’m not a wallower in self-pity,” White told the New York Times. “I really believe that once that decision is made, you have to get behind your president.”

Mr. Eure, a commercial insurance broker and a longtime Republican, was happy for the change of heart by his husband.

From that point on, it seems the duo have no problem explaining away any perceived negatives of the president.

When it comes to the many ways Trump’s administration has attacked or pared back LGBTQ protections, Eure waves off the accusations saying, “I don’t like identity politics.”

This from the man who is married to his husband only because of the progress made by liberal Democratic politicians and activists.

When someone brings up the many lies of Trump, despite actual facts and video tape to prove such falsehoods, Eure dismisses the issue as mere “embellishments.”

“Exaggerations,” White adds. “He’s the marketer in chief for the United States. So what?”

Their drinking of the Trump kool-aid has earned them the ire of former friends with whom the couple used to hob-nob among.

Even Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Hillary Clinton says, “They ran to the other end of the spectrum and then walked off the ledge.” 

“Our democracy has been set on fire by this president, and they want what, an invite to Mar-a-Lago?” Merrill added.

In fact, access seems to be very important to White and Eure.







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The Times articles recounts an episode earlier this year at Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar in Midtown Manhattan where the two men couldn’t seem to get Chelsea Clinton’s attention across the room.

Incensed, White pulled out his phone and called Donald Trump Jr. According to White, Junior immediately offered to come right over.

Pleased with the answer, White explained, “Trump picks up on the first ring. If you want to get to Chelsea Clinton, you have to call through five people.”

Mr. Eure shares a story of the time he was traveling to Philadelphia to attend the former Secretary of State’s address at the Democratic National Convention.

As part of the story, he include the day’s inclement weather which forced him to ‘borrow’ a friend’s helicopter. But upon arriving, they rushed to greet Clinton only to be blocked by a campaign official.

“This was about because we didn’t write a $25,000 check,” Eure explains of the late campaign timing.

But the Clinton campaign remembers the story differently.

“Some people give their time and resources to causes and candidates for the right reasons, some don’t,” said Merrill. “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.”

It’s worth noting that the Times piece almost glosses over the fact that White, a former president of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan, suddenly resigned from his position in 2008 and was forced to pay $1 million restitution after the state of New York had begun an investigation into whether he might have engaged in unlicensed commercial fund-raising. 

Along the way, White and Eure show little concern for the damage Donald Trump has done and will continue to do to the LGBTQ community

From removing all mention of LGBTQ people from the official White House website within hours of Trump taking office, to attempting to remove all transgender military service members, to the recent leaked memo that details plans to ‘redefine’ trans people out of existence, these two don’t care as long as they have their access.

Just to show how the couple flip-flops from power center to power center, here they are happy to pose with President Obama at the Broadway musical, Hamilton:



Longtime LGBTQ activist and journalist Michelangelo Signorile chimed in on Twitter with his thoughts about the couple:



(h/t New York Times)

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19 thoughts on “Wealthy Gay Couple Flip From Dem To GOP Depending On Who’s In Charge”

  1. Why do Dems and the left find

    Why do Dems and the left find it necessary to fault anyone who has a mind of their own and may differ from them. There are a lot of Gay Trump supporters. Stop being so judgemental because neither side is perfect.

    • They’re so vicious they just

      They're so vicious they just can't stand it when a gay man or lesbian veers from their whole herd narrative. They don't even understand different opinions anymore. Can you imagine some of the emails the gays and lesbians who work for Trump actually get ?? (Some of us might even look at the diehard Democrats and say they're the self-hating dirtbags because they supported Hillary Clinton's plans to import 2000 more Muslim homophobes. Like I said….differing opinions). 

    • Having a mind of your own is

      Having a mind of your own is fine. These men appear to have no backbone and are fair weather political fans.  They chose to take their money and flip sides because someone else won. Bravo to the people that still work with and support LGBT equality and don't look for fame and friends in the ruling class. 

  2. OMG what a bunch of jealous

    OMG what a bunch of jealous queens, this is America you have the right to choose your political path. 

    You all need to grow up and stop whining like the bunch a liberal snow flakes you are!!!!!

    We are all tired of the liberals playing the pity card

  3. Once you’ve supported Trump,

    Once you've supported Trump, that's like getting shit on the sole of your shoes. Socially speaking, these two losers are going to have a difficult time getting the Treasonous-Trump stink off of themselves. 

  4. this is why americans

    this is why americans intelligence comes constantly into question with such an immature switch. the world is so negative with hate crimes up due to trump and americans that voted for him. it is your fault. plus we havent even seen the worse of it yet. thanks america.

  5. Why is a story about a white

    Why is a story about a white trash couple a story at all? They may be rich, but they are total white trash and clearly are complete assholes. 

  6. I agree with the tweet that

    I agree with the tweet that they’re opportunist. Typical Manhattan gays obsessed with image and needing to be the most popular.

    • What? This is the first that

      What? This is the first that I've hear of any "Manhattan gay" that would have anything to do with Trump. I know of only one gay man that supported him before the election. But he was smart enough by now to realize what Treasonous Trump really is. 

      • There are quite a number of

        There are quite a number of Manhattan gays who support Trump and/or Republicans. You have to remember how many wealthy people (gays included) see themselves as businessmen first and gays second. 


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