Wealthy, white, college-educated Republicans in Palm Beach County — home to his Mar-a-Lago resort — are turning on former president Donald Trump.
"A Palm Beach Post review of election records and interviews with more than a dozen voters suggests discontent with the 45th president has brewed in country clubs, yoga studios and higher-end neighborhoods where Republican presidential candidates once dominated," the newspaper reported Wednesday, adding that "even as he trounced Biden in the Sunshine State, Trump's margins in precincts comfortably won by predecessor Republican nominees either shrank or went underwater."
David Lichtman, a 63-year-old technical director for a multinational airplane parts testing company, told the newspaper that he voted for Trump in 2016 — but recently switched his party registration to Independent.
"I am not in love with Biden, but he's not a psycho," Lichtman said. "I blame the whole Republican Party. They were perpetuating this lie that led to January 6."
Robert Himelfarb, a 67-year-old semi-retired hedge fund manager, said he voted for Trump in 2016 and Mitt Romney in 2012. But in 2020, he voted for Biden, helping to flip his precinct in Mirasol, where houses sell for upward of $2 million and residents have access to a private golf course and country club.
"I voted for Trump originally because I bought into the story of 'It's time we got rid of politicians and have a businessman running things,'" said Himelfarb, who worked for Ford Motor Co. for 37 years.
"I know what a CEO is supposed to do, pull everybody together and get stuff done. … He never tried to get everyone in a room the way (CEO) Al Mulally did at Ford," Himelfarb added, pointing to "cabinet member after cabinet member" leaving Trump's administration, and citing "poor leadership"
"Everyone who was close to him said he was a 'f*ckin' moron,'" Himelfarb said, repeating what Trump's first secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, reportedly called him during a 2017 Pentagon meeting.
Thomas Gritter, a 39-year-old registered Republican and self-described "born-again Christian," said that when he looks at members of his faith who still support Trump and the GOP, he thinks, "Wow, you guys are insane. You're ... openly racist, openly cynical about everything. And that allows the Democratic Party to be the voice of reason."
"Do I want to give the Republicans in Washington, who are Trump-loving crazies, one more vote?" Gritter said.
The trend is also visible in other parts of the state, where 67,462 voters who were registered Republicans in January are no longer with the GOP, compared to only 55,998 former Democrats.
"There is a class of formerly Republican voters who really do not like Donald Trump," University of Central Florida political science Professor Aubrey Jewett told the newspaper. "And they tend to be college-educated white voters."
Nevertheless, Republican Party officials say they aren't concerned — in part because they are registering new voters at a much faster clip.
"What we see in Florida is an exodus of traditional Republicans," Jewett said. "But they've been replaced by these voters who are attracted to the new Trumpified Republican Party."
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