Anti-Trump voters' quiet acts of protest

The Donald Trump Signature Collection at the Trump Store in Trump Tower in New York.
The Donald Trump Signature Collection at the Trump Store in Trump Tower in New York. PHOTO: NYTIMES

NEW YORK • Mr Morrie Gold is not a placard-waving political protester. He is a 69-year-old retired doctor in Pennsylvania.

But he recently participated in a quiet act of rebellion: He and 11 golfing buddies cancelled their annual trip to a Florida resort owned by Mr Donald Trump to express their disgust with his remarks about women, immigrants and minorities.

Political demonstrations are alien to Mrs Margaret Riordan, too. "I'm just an old white lady from Illinois," she said. But when friends invited the 60-year-old and her husband to dinner at Chicago's Trump International Hotel and Tower, a one-woman boycott was born.

"Pick another place," she told her friends. "By crossing that thres- hold, I'm saying Donald Trump's OK. I won't do that." The reservation was cancelled.

Across the country, voters alarmed by the tenor of Mr Trump's campaign are engaging in spontaneous acts of protest. They described methods of expunging the once-esteemed reminders of him from their lives. They have cut up Trump ties, cancelled stays at Trump hotels and even stopped drinking Trump wines. Mr Gary Berry, a military veteran whose son died while serving in the army, used to love Trump sparkling wines. That stopped the moment Mr Trump mocked the parents of army captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq. "Trump is despicable," he said.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2016, with the headline 'Anti-Trump voters' quiet acts of protest'. Print Edition | Subscribe