In the weeks following Donald Trump's victory in Massachusetts' Republican primary with 49 percent of the vote, signs supporting the bombastic New York real estate mogul caused unease in East Boston.
For many in the heavily Latino area, it was especially unsettling when a large Trump banner with his name and campaign slogan – "Make America Great Again" – went up above the entryway to a neighborhood laundromat, the Soap Box on Meridan Street.
Trump launched his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination last year with a tirade against illegal immigration, labeling Mexicans who entered the United States illegally "rapists' and "criminals," and vowing to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.
Many of the Trump signs are gone now, including the one at the laundromat. It’s been replaced with a campaign sign for Joseph Boncore, a Democrat who was elected the district’s state senator in a March special election.
David Tirone, the New Hampshire resident and Eastie native who owns the building where the sign was placed, said he let Boncore’s campaign put up the sign because he is friendly with the politician.
Tirone also said before Trump ran, he was a lifelong Democrat, and that he’s put political signs up on the laundromat’s prominent entryway in Eastie’s Central Square primarily for Democrats running for local positions for about 25 years.
The Boncore sign is only temporary. It was tacked on top of the Trump sign, the red and blue border of which is still visible. The Trump sign will be uncovered eventually and will stay there at least until November, Tirone said.