Vice-President elect Mike Pence has recently moved to Washington D.C. but his welcome to the US capital probably isn’t what he had hoped for.
His neighbours have chosen to display rainbow coloured flags from their homes to send what they have called a “respectful message” of disapproval towards Pence’s controversial views on the LGBT community.
Residents on NW Washington Street where VP Elect Pence is renting a house are sending him a symbolic message. More residents may hang flags pic.twitter.com/fldYsMoP6i— Suzanne Kennedy (@ABC7Suzanne) November 30, 2016
After he and Donald Trump were voted in to become the next pair to take the most senior offices of the US, many raised concerns about Pence’s strict opposition to same-sex marriage and laws protecting LGBT workplace rights – among other attitudes he’s expressed.
“This is one way I can show my disagreement,” resident Ilse Heintzen told ABC 7 News. “I have no idea what [the Vice-President Elect] will think about, but I hope he will change his mind.”
The news station says there are roughly half-a-dozen flags hanging on Pence’s block but more will be on display soon.
Pence is renting a $6,000-a-month home (£4,756) in the Chevy Chase neighbourhood of the capital. Perhaps he and Trump shouldn’t be surprised by some general feelings of unwelcome in Washington D.C. either, as the small state voted nearly 93% in favour of Hillary Clinton – giving only 4% of the vote to the two Republicans.
Pence faced peaceful protest last month too, when the cast of Broadway show Hamilton finished their show by asking him to work for the causes of all races, ethnicities and orientations. President-elect Trump called the incident harassment.
What Trump’s reaction to the new decorations on Pence’s street will be is as yet unclear, but he can be sure he will see them next time he’s round for tea.