Bryan Eure, a commercial insurance broker who was recently profiled by The New York Times as a gay Hillary Clinton voter turned-Donald Trump supporter, reportedly made a now-deleted transphobic comment in an Instagram reply to drag queen and activist Marti Gould Cummings.
“This is shameful and disgusting,” Cummings wrote in response to Eure’s support for Trump’s anti-transgender policies. “Chelsea didn’t wave at you, Hillary didn’t take a photo so you jump ship … The incredible privilege you have shows in this article. You could be using your wealth to help transgender people [whom] Trump is actively discriminating against or you could use it to help families seeking asylum. You are both gross.”
“Transgender is gross,” Eure responded to the criticism.
Cummings posted a screenshot of the exchange on Instagram, writing: “Hey @euregram you can delete your reply but just to remind people that you posted it — here ya go.”
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In response to another comment noting that there weren’t many gay Trump supporters in the U.S., Eure allegedly wrote: “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.”
Eric Michael Krop, who was the target of Eure’s anti-gay post, posted screenshots of the exchange on Twitter:
I’m calling you out, @nytimes . You profiled and gave attention and glorified two Trump supporters – one of which interacts with people like this: these are not gay men, they are horrible men. pic.twitter.com/f2b7IQmHKW
— Eric Michael Krop (@ericmkrop) November 28, 2018
“The @nytimes did a profile on ‘gay trump supporters’ and this is how these people interact with others on social media,” Krop wrote. “These privileged, entitled, rich white men are exactly who is harmful to society. They flaunt their [Bentley], get photo ops with famous people, and then talk to people like this. They DO NOT represent our community. They are not Us. They do not have anyone’s best interest, and they are part of a problem, not a solution.”
Eure, who was also featured in the Times article with his husband Bill White, told the newspaper that they converted from Clinton backers to Trump supporters on election night, moments after realizing Trump was likely to win the presidency:
The genesis of the couple’s reversal can be timed to about midnight on Nov. 8, 2016. Inside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, at Ms. Clinton’s election night event, Mr. White stood watching the returns in an increasingly funereal atmosphere.
He got in his Chevrolet Suburban and drove to the New York Hilton in Midtown, where Mr. Trump was celebrating his win.
“I didn’t want to be part of that misery pie; I’m not a wallower in self-pity,” said Mr. White, who now runs Constellations Group, a strategic consultancy firm. “I really believe that once that decision is made, you have to get behind your president.”