An excellent-natured wager between neighbors is demonstrating that Individuals who disagree about politics can nonetheless be mates.
Bob Mills, a registered Democrat but in addition 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 towards 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 straight throughout the road from Mills within the village of Belmont, mentioned it began after he acquired a Biden banner to fly from the flagpole on his property. He mentioned a day or so later, Mills had posted about eight yard indicators in assist of Trump.
“I assumed, ‘I suppose I’ve obtained to order extra Biden flags,’ and type of doubled down, and it simply type of went from there,” Davia mentioned.
Quickly their properties on reverse sides of Brown Avenue have been coated in indicators, banners and pictures touting their differing views.
Davia mentioned the wager 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 truly sworn in,” Davia mentioned. “It’s lastly paying off now this week.”
However Mills isn’t merely flying a Biden flag. He mentioned that with the wager, 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 mentioned with a twinkle in his eye.
So whereas his front-porch show contains a big Biden banner, it additionally options the American flag, a “Trump -2020- Maintain America Nice” banner and an infinite 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 mentioned.
Mills mentioned 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 might demand they present transparency so it reveals the election was reliable,” he added.
Mills mentioned 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 completed rather a lot 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.
However, Mills didn’t like lots of the rhetoric Trump was well-known for and mentioned he would have most popular that Trump show a bit extra couth.
Davia mentioned he hopes for “a return considerably to normalcy … simply extra decency” beneath the brand new Biden administration. And as a member of the Union Native Board of Schooling, Davia mentioned he’s focused on schooling coverage and well being care.
“The previous secretary of schooling was a catastrophe for my part, so I’m enthusiastic about that,” Davia mentioned. And in the case of well being care, “I’d actually wish to see some adjustments made within the system. I believe Biden and the Democrats have a greater plan — nicely, 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 Hearth Division, with Mills serving as chief and Davia filling the roles of firefighter and EMT.
“I respect it — it was good-natured enjoyable,” Davia mentioned of his wager towards Mills. “He’s man, neighbor and a terrific good friend. We’re nonetheless mates in the present day although now we have completely different opinions about politics.
“It’s OK to have completely different opinions and never suppose much less of the opposite individual as a result of they’ve a distinct opinion than you,” he continued. “I believe if extra individuals on this nation felt that approach, we’d all be rather a lot higher off.”
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