But there is no sign outside her home, where Colich lives with her longtime partner and their two children. When conversations turn to politics — and everything these days is political: the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Postal Service — Colich quickly changes the subject. She advises her children, ages 11 and 15, to do the same.
It saddens her. “I’m just so very disappointed in what I thought I had, this small-town living … and now the division is palpable,” Colich said.
She works as a lender in a community bank downtown. A block away, on her ride to and from work, is an upscale home bearing multiple pro-Trump signs, including one in the frontyard portraying the president as Rambo, the armed-to-the-teeth mercenary played in movies by Sylvester Stallone. Nearby, a red barn carries a banner belligerently declaring the owner’s pro-Trump sentiments.
The hint of menace, Colich believes, is deliberate. “Trump supporters aim to be intimidating,” she said.