This previous Monday, The New York Instances profiled Invoice White and Bryan Eure, a pair whom the paper referred to as two of New York’s “largest Trump supporters.” The Instances article, through which the lads proudly show their assist for the president — and their entry to his household — was met with righteous outrage on social media. The hypocrisy of homosexual males backing a candidate who has harmed the rights of LGBTQ individuals and plenty of others was clear as day.
What’s notably beautiful, nevertheless, is that these rich white homosexual males have been supporters of Democratic candidates for years. Wealthy Manahattanites who moved in liberal New York circles, they’d employed Aretha Franklin to sing at their marriage ceremony at which David Boies — Al Gore’s lawyer who led efforts to overturn California’s Proposition eight — officiated and Barbara Walters attended.
The Chelsea townhouse they offered in 2014 for $16 million was the positioning of a $25,000 per plate fundraiser they held in 2012 for Barack Obama. The 2 raised thousands and thousands for Hillary Clinton as nicely, together with for her 2016 race in opposition to Trump. Now they’re elevating 5 million for Trump this winter.
We’ve seen the spectacle of homosexual Republicans bowing to GOP politicians again and again. A minority inside a minority (14 p.c of lesbian homosexual or bisexual voters backed Trump in 2016 whereas 23 p.c backed Mitt Romney in 2012, in response to exit polls), there have all the time been homosexual GOPers who’re in full denial concerning the harms accomplished by candidates they assist.
Certainly, essentially the most well-known homosexual GOP group, the Log Cabin Republicans, performed a weird sport through the 2016 election. They usually criticized candidate Donald Trump, who was and is against marriage equality, and even refused to endorse him — regardless of their president, Gregory T. Angelo, mind-bogglingly claiming that Trump was “a frontrunner on LGBT rights.” After the election, Angelo even claimed Trump is a “pro-LGBT president” — when Trump, by any measure, has accomplished extra harm to LGBTQ rights than any president in historical past.
The surprising twist within the profile of White and Eure although, buried far down, is the lads’s conversion, which occurred on election evening, someday between Trump profitable North Carolina and the calling of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, each by razor-thin margins, securing the Electoral School and the presidency:
The genesis of the couple’s reversal could be timed to about midnight on Nov. eight, 2016. Contained in the Jacob Ok. Javits Conference Heart in Manhattan, at Ms. Clinton’s election evening occasion, Mr. White stood watching the returns in an more and more funereal ambiance.
He acquired in his Chevrolet Suburban and drove to the New York Hilton in Midtown, the place Mr. Trump was celebrating his win.
“I didn’t wish to be a part of that distress pie; I’m not a wallower in self-pity,” mentioned Mr. White, who now runs Constellations Group, a strategic consultancy agency. “I actually consider that after that call is made, it’s important to get behind your president.”
That White and Eure could be so morally vacuous as to easily determine they needed to go along with the winner — whoever which may be — and race to the opposite aspect of Manhattan to hitch him at his victory occasion is nearly as jarring as the truth that these males aren’t in any respect embarrassed to disclose this shallow opportunism to the world.
There are absolutely many different crude standing seekers of each gender, race and sexual orientation who’re as vile and pathetic as these two, however the truth that they’re homosexual — and rich, white and male — does deserve some consideration.
Trump has tried to eviscerate the rights and even the existence of transgender individuals, and has proven himself again and again to be a misogynist. His racist insurance policies embrace separating youngsters from their dad and mom on the border and, now, tear-gassing moms and youngsters. White and Eure, nevertheless, are insulated from these insurance policies and actions by their gender, their wealth and their whiteness, regardless of the actual fact they’re members of a demonized minority with out federal civil rights protections.
Too many progressives assume that each one queer individuals join with different marginalized teams and deeply perceive their very own minority standing. It’s much like the shock many progressives had at the truth that many white ladies nonetheless voted for Republicans within the midterms, regardless of every part Trump and his occasion have accomplished to hurt and insult ladies.
White ladies, nevertheless, could be simply as conservative — and simply as racist — as white males. (Apparently, amongst white ladies, class and schooling have been an element within the midterms, however they broke the opposite means: Much less educated, white working-class ladies voted Republican, whereas, in lots of locations, extra educated, suburban white ladies fled the GOP.) Homosexual males could be simply as racist and sexist as straight males. And having some huge cash will help blunt the results of authoritarianism.
If White and Eure needs to be excoriated for promoting out their very own individuals — and they need to — the New York Instances needs to be slapped, as soon as once more, for providing itself up as a public relations instrument for Trump.
Trump’s Supreme Courtroom picks threaten homosexual marriage, and his Justice Division lent assist to permitting employers to fireplace or flip away employees merely for being homosexual, lesbian or bisexual. However White and Eure are protected by their wealth from the administration’s brutality in opposition to LGBT individuals. Eure says, in protection of his assist of Trump, that he doesn’t like “id politics.” But it’s his id that offers him the posh to say so — simply as many straight white males do.
White and Eure’s status-seeking can be tied to homophobia and reeks of self-loathing. White expresses contempt for Chelsea Clinton as a result of he needed to “name by means of 5 individuals” to achieve her on the cellphone when he was a Clinton supporter, whereas, as a Trump supporter, Donald Trump Jr. “picks up on the primary ring” when he calls. The lads categorical anger about attending the Democratic Nationwide Conference in 2016 in Philadelphia — even chartering a helicopter to get there — however being unable to get entry to Hillary Clinton for a greeting. Trump, however, has welcomed them at Mar-a-Lago and poses with them in images they’ll use on their Twitter backgrounds.
Once more, craven status-seeking is available in all sizes and shapes. However I’ve seen it sufficient amongst homosexual males to know these superficial acts of recognition by highly effective individuals usually provide males like this a sugar excessive as a result of they know, deep down, they’re members of a despised minority despite the fact that they’ve made it into (or have been born into) an elite echelon in society. By these empty gestures, they inform themselves and others that they’re not like the remainder of them. And con artists just like the Trump household know individuals like this are simple marks.
If White and Eure needs to be excoriated for promoting out their very own individuals — and they need to be — The New York Instances needs to be slapped, as soon as once more, for providing itself up as a public relations instrument for Trump.
That is the paper that, through the 2016 marketing campaign, wrongly and recklessly instructed us Trump had “extra accepting views on homosexual points” than different Republicans whereas offering skimpy proof — and that by no means apologized for this doubtful, dangerous reporting. Now right here it’s seeming to attempt to validate that by exhibiting us two rich, privileged homosexual males who agree.
There’s little context provided within the piece about what Trump has accomplished to the LGBTQ group, or perhaps a point out of Trump’s horrendous ban on transgender individuals serving within the army — a court docket problem that he’s making an attempt to hurry to the Supreme Courtroom — nor are these males requested about it.
The story is analogous the one the Instances provided up in 2017 about Neil Gorsuch’s “homosexual buddies” who vouched for him simply as his anti-gay file was being questioned forward of his Supreme Courtroom affirmation hearings. (And Gorsuch turned out to be as hostile to marriage equality as many had warned.)
It’s additionally much like the story through which homosexual backers of Betsy DeVos emerged to inform the Instances that the schooling secretary nominee, who was in peril of not being confirmed by the Senate, was really pro-gay, opposite to earlier stories. (She, too, turned out to be as dangerous as LGBTQ advocates mentioned she can be.)
White and Eure made their conversion to Trump from Clinton over two years in the past, driving throughout city and by no means wanting again. But it surely’s solely now, after Trump suffered a blow within the midterms, that they’ve surfaced within the media. An all-new crop of “By no means Trump” Republicans — those that jumped ship from Trump — have really develop into a decisive power, turning out within the midterms to vote Democratic, together with many GOP ladies.
And but, abruptly two homosexual males who went the opposite means have popped up in a high-profile piece within the New York Instances, simply as Trump is revving up what seems to be a troublesome re-election marketing campaign.
It’s all a bit too handy, with reporting as shallow as White and Eure — and Trump — themselves.
Michelangelo Signorile is a HuffPost editor-at-large. Observe him on Twitter at @msignorile.