They say President Trump might not win Iowa in 2020…..
I say it sure looks like he’s at least going to win Boone, IA!
Look what just went up on a local building in downtown Boone:
The Des Moines Register had more:
If you take a stroll in downtown Boone at the intersection of the 800 block of Story Street, it’ll be difficult not to notice the massive red, white and blue colors surrounding an image of President Donald Trump.
The mural painters started stenciling on Sunday, Dec. 22, and worked for two more days adding blue and white stars surrounding one big blue star with the image of the president off to the right.
In the days that followed, social media lit up with people both opposed and in favor of the mural's appearance in the central Iowa city's downtown.
When the building’s owner, Dee McKnight, was asked what the mural's inspiration was, she said, “I couldn’t really say.”
A mural on the side of a privately owned building on the 800 block of Story Street in downtown Boone, Iowa, was stenciled onto the side of the building Dec. 22 and completed two days later. (Photo: Launie Mallas/Special to the USAToday Network)
Both Dee and her husband, Carl McKnight, are franchisees of Remax in Boone and are also realtors and landlords.
Both are registered Republicans and Trump supporters.
But, Mcknight said, “The side of the building needed to be painted for some time and we decided, this is what we wanted to put on there.”
There wasn’t much of a plan in place for this mural, according to McKnight, they just wanted to do it, and so they did.
When it first became known that the mural was being painted, Fourth Ward Boone CIty Councilman Terry Moorman says he really wasn’t very happy about the project, as it overlooks the roughly $100,000 Green Space project he’s been working on for almost a year.
“I’m hoping it doesn’t affect the Green Space at all,” Moorman said. “But, honestly, by the time the bandshell is done being constructed and the trees are planted, a good amount of it will be covered up anyway.”
Moorman noted, “If you monitor social media like I have been, 60% are in favor of the mural and 30% not.”
“After seeing how divisive this mural has been, I’m just ready to move on, and I think everyone else is, too,” Moorman said.
Moorman said there is also little the city could do, as it doesn’t have any ordinances regulating art on private property.
The mural's painter, Kim Truong of Jefferson, told the Boone News-Republican that he was called Saturday, Dec. 21, given specific requests and asked if he could do it.
So a day later, Truong, with help from JD Painting, got started with the outlining of Trump’s image and it immediately caught the attention of people around town.
Boone resident Launie Sorem, a registered Republican and Trump supporter, said the most important part of the mural is the words, “God Bless America.”
“The north wall has looked so nice being painted, while the other was scruffy looking and annoying,” referring to the wall adjacent to the Trump mural, which was painted a couple of years ago.