North Lakeside Drive in Lake Worth is filled with lovely homes, neatly manicured lawns, quiet streets. It almost looks like a Norman Rockwell painting.
But the street, or one small corner of it, takes on another life as a kind of hotbed for and against President Donald Trump.
One homeowner, for instance, has four Trump signs around her house supporting the president. A large sign is tied around two trees and reads, “President Donald Trump: Make America Great Again.”
Dee McNamara, a local Realtor, put up the sign during Trump’s campaign. “It’s to honor the American president and his presidency because of what he’s achieved in 10 months, which is more than all the presidents put together.”
McNamara pointed to how Trump this week decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy there. “That has been the case for 5,000 years, but nobody had acknowledged it,” she says.
Now, walk a few feet up the street and you’ll see David Martino’s signs calling for the 45th president to be impeached.
“He’s a racist,” says Martino, a 60-year-old internet technology administrator who lives with his wife, Marsha, 64. “He ran on racism and hate. We have a very diverse community here so it’s kind of sickening to see the sign down the street, so I put one up in July.”
The McNamaras and Martino don’t know each other. They don’t really talk or socialize. “He’s a very inward person,” says Lawrence McNamara, Dee’s husband of the past 28 years. “He walks his dogs and he never says hello. I don’t know if he’s shy or angry, but he’s not very sociable.”
Martino disagrees, saying he’s had brief conversations with them, but not about the signs. He remembers being at a real estate event Dee McNamara attended. “She gave a bunch of pro-Trump comments that weren’t relevant,” he says.
Dee McNamara says Martino must not be aware of all the good things happening in the country since Trump was elected. “People are what they are,” she says.
Her husband says the signs are the couple’s response to all the animosity and so-called “fake news” against the president. “We feel this was the least we could do to counterbalance that.”
Martino’s feelings about Trump go back decades. He grew up in New Jersey and was familiar with the real estate tycoon. “I was there when they were putting casinos up,” he says. “He was a dishonest crook back then and nothing has changed a bit.”
Martino says the president’s attacks on immigrants, the poor and women have been disappointing. “There’s not really much he’s doing right.”
He says people periodically stop and take pictures of his anti-Trump signs. “All the compliments have been positive, except for two Realtors who didn’t like the signs,” he says. “But nobody has really complained. I’m sure some people think it’s disgusting, but haven’t said anything.”
The McNamaras’ say their signs were cut twice. “They were shredded,” Dee says.
But when asked how long she’ll leave them up, she grins.
“Until hell freezes over,” she says, laughing. “Is that long enough?”