White men make up the bulk of President Donald Trump’s core base — but not all of them are on board the Trump train.
The New York Times this week profiled several well off white suburban men who have rebelled against their Trump-loving peers and have worked to turn the tide against the president in their communities — even if it means they lose friends.
62-year-old Richard Lloyd of Chandler, Arizona tells the Times that he’s gone through a “painful” split with a friend over their support for Trump, but he’s not backing down from his criticisms of the president.
“Everything, and I mean everything, this man does is for his and only his benefit,” he said of Trump.
66-year-old Harry Hagendorf of New Rochelle, New York similarly said he wasn’t afraid of alienating friends who still back the president, and he suggested that they needed to hear his message whether they wanted to or not.
“They don’t know anyone who’s affected, and the market is doing well,” he said. “They are willing to look the other way.”
And 59-year-old Charles Ikins of Clinton, Ohio said that he’s quit the Republican Party even while lashing out at some of his peers who have decided to stick with the GOP with Trump at the helm.
“You guys at the country club make me sick, and it’s why I ceased being a Republican,” he said. “While Americans value individual accomplishment and the freedom to be whatever you can become, blind self-interest when this administration is trampling all over traditional American values equates to fiddling while Rome burns.”