Written by Bryan Eure on behalf of him and his husband Bill White.
New York has always been known for its diversity and therefore for being tolerant. These days that’s only if you’re not a Republican and/or a Trump supporter. The most baffling thing about that is our President of the United States is a New Yorker. He is someone that truly defines the New York that I love and miss. Being a New Yorker use to mean you were successful, tough, loving, passionate, relentless, and authentic. I feel like progressive agendas have weakened the spirit of NYC.
The good news is President Trump has moved from Trump Tower to Pennsylvania Ave. He is the ultimate fighter and he’s fighting for all Americans. Make America Great Again isn’t about taking away rights of minorities — it's about getting our country back to the days where you knew as a kid you would grow up, have a great career, a beautiful home, and realize the dreams you grew up with. People have lost their way — the government shouldn’t be looked at as handout central — it's there to protect us and provide the opportunity for us to succeed, but you still have to work for it. America First means just that — not America Only. President Trump is not saying we are turning our back on the world — he’s saying we are going to focus on our needs first, then help the world (while keeping our budget in consideration). Speaking of budget, the world needs to pay their fair share regarding NATO and Trade Agreements. Every word and phrase gets twisted in this 24/7 cable news/social media news cycle — America First to the media means White Nationalism. MAGA to the Pundits means take away gay marriage, black rights, women’s rights, etc. Do People actually believe this? It's just so ridiculous, but after the article in NYT came out, we are learning that people are actually believing this garbage.
My husband, Bill White worked with Donald Trump on helping fund the Veteran’s Day Parade and launched "Celebrity Apprentice" off the flight deck of the Intrepid — that year Piers Morgan won the show and the charity was the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund — Billy was the President of the foundation at that time. I mention this to set the stage that we knew Donald J. Trump and have always admired and connected with him on our mutual love for our military and our country. We never expected he was running for President, until we were way on down the road with helping Hillary. Through the Intrepid, Bill has supported Reagan, Both Bushes, Clinton, and Obama — because they were President and Commander in Chief. When Trump won, it was only natural for us to gravitate towards him — not only because Bill had worked with him in the past, but because as Americans we get behind our President. But this is something we thought would need explaining 18 months ago. What is shocking to us, is two years into a very successful presidency, we are still being shunned by “never Trumpers” and “resisters” and having to argue our support for the President, even as the numbers and results speak for themselves. So many people have become completely unhinged — if you’re still dwelling on Hillary’s loss two years later, it may be time to lay down on a couch.
The New York Times has always expressed a positive interest in my husband because of the good work he has done for veterans and their families. They were also very interested and excited to write about our wedding — one of the first gay weddings in NYC after the law was passed by Governor Cuomo. Because we had the attention of the NYT, we used our wedding to help bring attention to passing the law nationally by creating a very exciting, well-attended party. So seven years later, when Sarah Maslin Nir, a reporter that wrote on our wedding reached out, we had little hesitation to sit down with her to discuss our support for the President. I’m tired of being in the closet as a Trump supporter — I actually told her during the six hour interview that coming out of the closet in college felt very similar to these days coming out as a Trump supporter. Because there are so many articles about policy and politics, Sarah’s objective for the article was to talk about our personal transition from Hillary supporters to Trump supporters and how our family and friends reacted to it. Unfortunately the end result came across very superficial and the timeline of events didn’t come across genuine. I wouldn’t normally care about semantics, but the feedback from NY Times readers has been overwhelmingly negative because they think we are being “social climbing trash” because we have the President's son's number on “speed dial.” Speed Dial? Does an iPhone have speed dial? We didn’t stop supporting Hillary because of a photo or not answering a phone call. The point of bringing up those personal stories was to demonstrate how the Clinton camp was this air of arrogance from day one, but to this day the Trump camp is an inclusive welcoming group that is sincerely grateful for the support of everyone. Anyway, here's the timeline of our transition…
Hillary announced she was running for President basically since she was running for Senator of NY. That's how long we’ve been hearing about it and helping her fundraise and get support from New Yorkers and retired veterans. Hillary lost to Obama. I voted for McCain (I’ve always voted Republican except for her). Billy wrote in Hillary’s name. When Obama was a lame duck, we hosted a DNC fundraiser with him. Hillary ran against Bernie and 16 Republicans. Trump won. We could’ve bailed on Hillary before the election at any time, but that would be disloyal in our minds. What's not disloyal in our minds, but apparently to a lot of sore losing Democrats, is that once Trump won, we moved on over to support our actual President. We started tweeting support and had a lot of friends in the administration. I’m sorry if that appears like a “crave turncoat” or an “opportunist” but to me and Bill, it's American. I never voted for or supported Obama, but did I attack people and lose my mind? No. I never ended a friendship of 10-20 years because they supported an opposing candidate. I feel sorry for people that are that shallow that would do that, and I feel sorry for all the time I spent with people that shallow and unforgiving. But you live and learn and you gravitate towards more like-minded people with hopes that as time passes, people calm down.
The part of the NY Times that was very disappointing is we sat down for 6 hours, but very little was quoted. Also, Don Jr. gave a massive quote on us and gays and how his father is inclusive — I think 5 words was quoted by him. The LGBT needs to hear that. We talked about how great President Trump has been since day one — not taking a salary, renegotiating government contracts, rolling back regulations to jumpstart the economy, getting GDP above numbers that our last President said required a magic wand, and nominating two dear friends of ours, Georgette Mosbacher as Ambassador of Poland and Ric Grenell as Ambassador of Germany — the highest ranking openly gay official of any Presidency, who by the way was completely stalled and rejected by many Democratic Senators because they hate Trump more than helping progress gay rights. We are so proud of the job that Georgette and Ric are both doing to help our President. Especially as gay men, we are so proud of Ric and so proud of our President for appointing Ric to this post. He was not appointed because he was gay, he was appointed because he is the best person for the job — that's what I absolutely love. I got a lot of heat for my “I hate identity politics” quote in the NYT. Well, I do — we shouldn’t lead with vote for me I’m a woman or I’m gay or I’m black — down here in Georgia, Stacey’s qualification was she will be the first black woman governor — but is she qualified? I’m 39 years old. I grew up the new world — where we are all in school together and there was no true discrimination. We all need to stop expecting things because we are this or that, but because we did this or that — that we actually earned it. President Trump is helping get rid of this political correctness that has hindered the right people for the right jobs. It is so frustrating to me that so many people claim Trump is anti-gay when Ric is sitting in Germany right now. When we threw Ric and Matt’s going away party in NY, we had the opportunity to meet Donald Trump Jr. He really is a class act and a true patriot. He does not get the proper credit for all he does to help his father and more importantly help this country. He had the best line — one that made me realize that he and his father have no agenda against gays. Don Jr. said I wish every man was gay so I don’t have any competition. It's a joke of course, but it's funny and something we can all relate to and laugh at. But if someone hated gays, would they make that joke? No.
The President has become a role model for me. He’s a fighter with a cause. He is truly turning around the corruptness at every level of our government while changing how the world treats us with respect. I love that. I’ve never seen so much hate and resistance towards any person, and it just doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t care what party you are, you can’t admit that President Trump's results are not a good thing for the country. But I say this to those adamant resisters — take a deep breath — having this vitriol hatred towards people is so exhausting and terrible for your health. Everyone needs to take a break and study the results of Trump. Read a different news source if you’re just nuts about hating Trump — maybe you need a fresh perspective? He’s going to be elected in 2020 and we are going to do everything we can to help convince those that aren’t on the Trump Train to ride it with us — at least for a few stops before trying to throw yourself in front of it — because like I said, it’s not healthy to get hit by a train roaring full steam ahead for the next 6 years.
Bryan Eure (pronounced YOUR) is a successful commercial insurance broker at global leader WillisTowersWatson where he serves as a Senior Vice President.
Bill White is the CEO of Constellations Group and is widely recognized as one of our nation’s foremost advocates for Military, Veterans, First Responders, and their families. White has raised over $1.5 billion for these heroes and is a respected businessman and philanthropist. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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