Last month, this reporter covered the story of two wealthy gay New Yorkers profiled by The New York Times for their outspoken support for Donald Trump.
Actually, Bill White and Bryan Eure had spent years among the liberal elite of NYC hosting big-ticket fundraisers for Barack Obama and supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns.
But on election night 2016, they literally jumped ship from the Clinton watch party and drove across town to suddenly become Trumpers.
Poof! Instant MAGAs.
“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.”
I’m certain the course change had nothing to do with wanting access to the new president and his team. Nada.
In any case, The Washington Free Beacon has bestowed upon the two men the title of “2018 Men of the Year.”
— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) December 26, 2018
I think they misspelled the word ‘quisling.'
The online newspaper describes itself as “a privately owned, for-profit online newspaper” that is “dedicated to uncovering the stories that the powers that be hope will never see the light of day."
In it’s one page tribute to White and Eure, the far-right website noted the men for their ‘bravery’ for being “gay, liberal, millionaires who nevertheless want to MAGA.”
The duo had fundraised for everyone around. Frauds like Barack Obama. Feminist icons like Hillary Clinton. But it wasn't until they discovered the charms of the straight-talking conductor of the Trump Train that they understood just how amazing politics could be.
And yet, for embracing this authentic billionaire whose taste runs toward the gold-plated, how have their friends reacted? With acceptance? With arms wide open?
No. They've been scorned, screamed at, shunned. Friends have turned their back. Hillaryworld has gone to war.
And yet, they endure.
Who knew “endure” meant supporting a homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic divider who has a loose grasp on truth and reality.
But then, White and Eure seem, by all accounts, to have their own loose grasp on loyalty or principles, flipping from one politician to another as long as they have the access and ‘star treatment’ they crave.
Eure, who spent most of his life as a Republican before marrying White, was caught on social media posting his own transphobic and homophobic comments, which were reported by NewNowNext.
When New York-based activist and drag queen Marti Gould Cummings called Eure out on Instagram saying the couple could have used their wealth to help transgender people, Eure responded, “Transgender is gross.”
In another social media post, one commenter disagreed with Eure’s position that there are lots of gay Trump supporters. Eure clapped back with a threat: “Oh yes there are. And we will win and we will take your little rights away and deport you and gas you and turn you straight while you rot in a cage.”
Washington Free Beacon, I give you your “2018 Men of the Year.”
Bring on 2019.
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