A very good-natured guess between neighbors is demonstrating that Individuals who disagree about politics can nonetheless be pals.
Bob Mills, a registered Democrat but additionally an ardent supporter of former President Donald J. Trump, is now flying a “Biden President 2020” flag on the entrance of his house. He’s doing so after making a wager in opposition to his neighbor, Koel Davia, with Mills asserting that Trump would win the 2020 election. The phrases of their contest known as for the loser to fly the flag of the opposing candidate’s marketing campaign for one week after Inauguration Day.
Davia, who lives immediately throughout the road from Mills within the village of Belmont, stated it began after he acquired a Biden banner to fly from the flagpole on his property. He stated a day or so later, Mills had posted about eight yard indicators in assist of Trump.
“I assumed, ‘I assume I’ve acquired to order extra Biden flags,’ and type of doubled down, and it simply type of went from there,” Davia stated.
Quickly their properties on reverse sides of Brown Avenue have been lined in indicators, banners and pictures touting their differing views.
Davia stated the guess was Mills’ thought, however that didn’t imply he was able to give up when election outcomes have been introduced.
“He wouldn’t submit till midday on the twentieth (of January) once they have been really sworn in,” Davia stated. “It’s lastly paying off now this week.”
However Mills isn’t merely flying a Biden flag. He stated that with the guess, as with many different issues, the satan was within the particulars.
“We agreed the loser would fly the opponent’s flag for seven days, however we didn’t say how,” Mills stated with a twinkle in his eye.
So whereas his front-porch show consists of a big Biden banner, it additionally options the American flag, a “Trump -2020- Hold America Nice” banner and an unlimited portrait of Trump alongside an indication that states, “It Was RIGGED!!! ‘Present Me the Ballots.’”
“It’s not precisely what I had in thoughts, however he’s flying the Biden flag,” Davia stated.
Mills stated he believes the states the place election tallies have been questioned by the Trump marketing campaign ought to have been extra clear after the election.
“If I used to be the winner, I’d demand they present transparency so it reveals the election was legit,” he added.
Mills stated he initially voted for Trump in 2016 as a result of Trump was “an outsider” with no loyalty to anybody within the U.S. Home or Senate — and since he didn’t assist then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Mills believes Trump achieved lots for the nation whereas in workplace as a consequence of his background as a businessman. Mills additionally credited Trump for launching Operation Warp Velocity to assist speed up manufacturing of vaccines to gradual the unfold of COVID-19.
Alternatively, Mills didn’t like numerous the rhetoric Trump was well-known for and stated he would have most popular that Trump show a bit extra couth.
Davia stated he hopes for “a return considerably to normalcy … simply extra decency” underneath the brand new Biden administration. And as a member of the Union Native Board of Schooling, Davia stated he’s inquisitive about schooling coverage and well being care.
“The previous secretary of schooling was a catastrophe in my opinion, so I’m enthusiastic about that,” Davia stated. And in terms of well being care, “I’d actually wish to see some modifications made within the system. I feel Biden and the Democrats have a greater plan — properly, I by no means actually did get to listen to what Trump’s plan was.”
Along with being neighbors, Mills and Davia are colleagues. Each are members of the Belmont Volunteer Fireplace Division, with Mills serving as chief and Davia filling the roles of firefighter and EMT.
“I recognize it — it was good-natured enjoyable,” Davia stated of his guess in opposition to Mills. “He’s a superb man, a superb neighbor and an incredible pal. We’re nonetheless pals at the moment despite the fact that we’ve completely different opinions about politics.
“It’s OK to have completely different opinions and never assume much less of the opposite individual as a result of they’ve a unique opinion than you,” he continued. “I feel if extra individuals on this nation felt that manner, we’d all be lots higher off.”