- The Washington Times - Monday, March 20, 2017

Fashion designer Tom Ford called President Trump’s surprising election victory a “wake-up call” and said it influenced his decision to move his family back to the United States.

In a Friday interview with Women’s Wear Daily, Mr. Ford said he and his husband and son are planning a move from London to Los Angeles. He said that unlike many of his fellow liberal celebrities, Mr. Trump’s win made him “want to come back even more.”

“We have a tremendous number of people in this country who feel disenfranchised and clearly we are not relating to or speaking to them,” he said. “I am at my core American, and it made me want to come back. It didn’t make me want to run away.

“I think when you sense that there is a divide in your country and that there are people who perhaps you’re not relating to, and that those of us who are fortunate enough to live in a world of very liberal human rights and privilege, it’s a wake-up call that we’re not addressing a big part of the country that does feel disenfranchised,” he said. “It made me feel more nationalistic, if anything. The whole country is not like New York and L.A. and the world that I am used to living in.”

Mr. Ford, a Democrat, supported Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign and hosted a fundraiser in London for former President Barack Obama in 2012.

Despite dressing former first lady Michelle Obama in 2011, the designer declared in December that first lady Melania Trump is “not necessarily my image.”

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