The Day After the 2016 Election the Nation’s Capital Tells President Trump Not to Expect a Visit From the Welcome Wagon

From a Washington Post story by Perry Stein headlined “President Trump, don’t count on a visit from the welcome wagon”:

In a city where Donald Trump has been publicly dissed by local leaders, the idea that he will become the District’s newest resident was coolly received Wednesday. . . .

Katie McDonnell and her husband are considering renting out their D.C. home to live abroad near family members in Ireland. It’s not just that the couple wants to flee their country because they disagree with Trump’s politics.

“I’m afraid it will change the city, just because of the Trump supporters who may come here, and who he will hire and bring,” said McDonnell, a 41-year-old teacher who has lived in the District for 15 years. “I am a little worried.”

Trump pulled off an impressive upset Tuesday night to clinch the presidency, but in the nation’s capital the Republican got 11,000 votes, or 4 percent, his lowest share in any state. By comparison, Clinton got more than 260,000 votes.

Trump will have the prickly task of running the country from the very place that wanted him there the least.

“He doesn’t even care. It’s going to be bad, period,” said Kim Jones, a 44-year-old cook at D.C. Public Schools, adding that she expects Trump to be no better for the District than he will be for the rest of the country.

The city’s political establishment has made its animus toward Trump clear. When he formally celebrated the opening last month of his $212 million luxury hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, local leaders — including Mayor Muriel E, Bowser (D) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) were nowhere in sight. Those who came, such as Latino union workers, were there to stage a protest.

In 2015, Bowser called Trump’s more incendiary remarks “idiotic” but said that she still wanted his hotel in the city and the tax revenue it would bring. But Bowser turned on him in October after Trump incorrectly stated in a presidential debate that “killings have risen by 50 percent” in the nation’s capital. . . .

A change in administrations always means change in the local population, as people move in and out of the city.

But the transition from the Obama presidency to Trump’s could be more stark than usual. observers say. Obama brought a youthful energy to the city, attracting young and diverse staffers. Obama’s presidency also overlapped with the massive D.C. population boom and, subsequently, with the explosion of the city’s restaurant, entertainment and luxury-condo scene. Over the past eight years, Washington seems to have shaken off its reputation as a staid, suited-up town and transformed into something of a hip city.

The result of Tuesday’s election was especially disappointing for the city’s political leaders because Clinton had made it clear during her campaign that she would back statehood for the District, while Trump said, “I think statehood is a tough thing for D.C.,” and, “I don’t see statehood for D.C.”

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