Hours after the U.S. presidential election was called for Joe Biden on Saturday morning, an older, dark-haired girl clutched her ash-blue jacket tighter in a cold shadow forged by the Greystone Mansion in one of many priciest areas of Beverly Hills. She wasn’t feeling festive.
“What would you like me to say? I’m not comfortable,” mentioned the lady strolling on Loma Vista Drive within the 90210 ZIP Code and who, like many Beverly Hills residents requested about their perspective on the election, declined to offer her identify. With out going into coverage specifics, the lady mentioned that though she didn’t dislike Biden, she didn’t help “what he’s going to do.”
The lady lives within the Trousdale Estates space, the place the typical house sale worth is presently more than $15 million. It’s additionally in certainly one of two adjoining neighborhoods in Beverly Hills the place a majority of voters selected Donald Trump over Biden within the latest election.
On a Times map of election results, the 2 precincts — each above Sundown Boulevard within the areas synonymous with wealth — stick out like a purple thumb among the many blue sea representing what has historically been seen as Los Angeles’ liberal stronghold on the Westside. They’re among the county’s most prosperous areas, but they backed Trump greater than neighboring luxurious areas resembling Bel-Air, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and Holmby Hills, which went to Biden together with different components of Beverly Hills.
A couple of mile and a half southwest of Trousdale Estates, Shane Metal handed the Beverly Hills Lodge on his method to a celebratory breakfast together with his uncle.
The 24-year-old resident of the identical precinct that backed Trump, Metal mentioned he was “very comfortable” with the outcomes. He helps Biden.
However neighboring precincts — which run roughly from Trousdale Estates to the Los Angeles Nation Membership, with the Beverly Hills Lodge within the center — voted for Trump 56% to 44%, in line with data from The Times.
When it got here to mild that one of many identical neighborhoods, or precincts, in 2016 voted for Trump over Hillary Clinton, it was seen as an anomaly. This time round, nobody appeared shocked to be taught that a fair wider swath of the small, prosperous metropolis of about 34,000 went purple.
“Trump has been superb for wealthy folks,” Metal mentioned, “and I believe that typically folks overlook to consider human life and human insurance policies versus what’s good to your pockets.”
Strolling his canine close to Will Rogers Memorial Park, simply south of Sundown Boulevard, resident David Shapiro mentioned he voted for Trump for the primary time this yr — abstaining in 2016 — due to his financial and tax insurance policies, in addition to his help of Israel and difficult stance on China.
A Jewish emigre from Moscow, Shapiro, 65, mentioned that Trump was not cozy with Russia as many individuals thought and that America was not seen as a good friend in his house nation.
“He’s good for worldwide relations,” mentioned Shapiro, a businessman. “We don’t have any battle — the issue is there will probably be battle within the Center East. And he’s good to Israel.”
Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman mentioned he didn’t see the enlargement of Trump voters to 2 neighborhoods as indicative of a development.
“I don’t actually sense an enormous change in political outlooks, simply that they’re extra vocal,” Friedman mentioned by cellphone Friday afternoon.
As some residents famous, pro-Trump supporters have gathered each week for practically 4 months alongside certainly one of Beverly Hills’ primary thoroughfares to proclaim their help for the president. Rally organizer and resident Shiva Bagheri said in late October that the occasions empowered folks like her to go from “the silent majority” to the “loud-lion majority.”
On Saturday morning, a handful of Trump supporters gathered at a park the place the rally normally kicked off at 2 p.m. A person and a girl who declined to remark had been standing behind an indication calling for the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom, as neighborhoods just some miles away had been celebrating Biden’s victory by dancing in the street, cheering and honking their horns.
Opposite to the notion of a louder citizens, many Trump and Biden supporters mentioned they felt they might not communicate totally on the document for concern of retribution from neighbors or potential damaging impacts to their enterprise. One man from Bel-Air went off on Trump however then declined to offer his identify, saying, “I’ve to work on this city.”
Longtime Beverly Hills resident Adrienne, 81, would give solely her first identify. The lifelong Republican who instantly switched to impartial when Trump turned the nominee mentioned she hoped Biden might carry again a way of normalcy and customary sense. A number of folks in her condominium help the president and don’t put on masks, one thing she thinks is a mistake.
“The world is laughing at us,” she mentioned. “We have to get again to calmness. We have to get again to the place we had been the strongest nation on Earth.”
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