Holiday jeer: Slope resident skewers Trump with seasonal front-yard display

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Trump’s not welcome in this white house.

A Park Slope woman decorated the front yard of her white 12th Street home with ski-mask-wearing, sign-carrying mannequins in a protest of President Trump that some local liberals said brought them plenty of joy this season.

“It’s incredible, amazing,” said passerby Becky Mode, who stopped to take a picture of the bold display. “It just makes my day.”

Residents of the 12th Street block between Sixth and Seventh avenues put up decorations every Halloween as part of an annual tradition, but Laurie Arbeiter, who has owned her house 24 years, said she never participated in the pastime — until Trump took office.

“We first put it up as a Halloween display looking at the dangerous and unsettling times in which we live, with messages about racism, hate, greed, and walls that commented on how deadly those forces are,” she said.

The local worked with a friend to construct the dummies on display with wood and soccer balls, before dressing them in black shirts and menacing masks and equipping them with signs bearing progressive political slogans such as “Arrest Trump” and “All Power To The People of Puerto Rico.”

The placards are leftovers from Arbeiter’s own protest trips to the nation’s capital, and the Sloper began swapping old signs for new ones after deciding to keep the spectacle in place due to the growing number of people it drew.

“We received an overwhelming response of gratitude and such positive feedback that we decided to keep it up and to change the messages from time to time,” Arbeiter said.

But other locals said it was the figures holding the signs — not the posters themselves — that leave a lasting impression.

“Visually, it’s a bunch,” said Park Slope resident Mike Dunlap. “I’m in general agreement with the message, but I can see how it would be off-putting to some. The masked men look a little scary.”

Another neighbor said he also supports Arbeiter’s statement — politically speaking — but that his 4-year-old daughter would prefer it be made in a less intimidating fashion.

“My daughter’s not the biggest fan, it scares her,” said Andrew Guttormsson, who lives on the block. “But I guess that’s kind of the point — to freak everybody out.”

This reporter spotted several people pausing to take photos of Arbeiter’s freaky front lawn when he visited the property, and witnessed one man speaking broken English accost the homeowner outsider her residence, declaring “masks are for thieves!” before stalking off without giving further comment.

And yet another local argued that the display, regardless of its political or aesthetic merits, would be better placed in a conservative enclave as opposed to in ultra-liberal Park Slope, where some may see it as more of a vanity project than a call to action.

“You may as well do this somewhere where it really matters, like Georgia or Alabama, but this doesn’t really incite any conversation of meaning or merit that’s respectful,” said a Sloper who only gave her name as PJ because she didn’t want to offend staff and students at the school with an “activist-environment” where she teaches. “It seems like an ego boost.”

Arbeiter has no plans to remove the anti-Trump dummies any time soon, she said, because they have grown to inspire people — herself included — in the same way that living, breathing activists do.

“Many have grown fond of those figures because they are out there day and night, and hold up those messages whether the sun shines or the rain and snow falls,” she said. “They are emblematic of all those people the world over that rise up against injustice and harm done by oppressive forces. I feel heartened by their presence too.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:51 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Ah, rent free in her head. So sorry the corrupt Clintons didn't get elected.
Dec. 28, 2017, 8:38 am
Petey from Sunset Park says:
The only thing that's a danger to all of us are these left wing nut jobs. He is the President-get over your panic attack and start acting like an adult.
Dec. 28, 2017, 9:55 am
Morris from Mill Basin says:
You call this skewering. In my day, we skewered over a fire until the meat was crisp and the person or animal being fried was dead, dead, dead. Usually they were dead before the skewering, but I would take great pleasure of grabbing the worthless piece of garbage Rufus Leaking and piercing his worthless body from the tip of his worthless head to the soles of his worthless (and smelly) feet and then placing him on the skewer above a roaring fire of intense heat. How I would love to see him gradually be burnt to a crisp! It would remind me of those films of Joan of Arc or people in that Showtime series on The Borgias. What joy to watch a worthless piece of excrement like Rufus Leaking and the other creeps who love Trump, their excrement-in-chief, scream and holler with intense pain as their bodies were charred from worthless head to worthless toe.

Then I would feed Rufus Leaking -- or the burnt crisp that he had become -- to coyotes and then watch as they vomited him back up because even as well-done beef, he was still a nauseating piece of garbage.
Dec. 28, 2017, 9:55 am
Morris from Mill Basin says:
Same goes for that worthless piece of excrement Petey. Only he smells a little worse than Rufus. Petey, you can have the extra pleasure of having your eyeballs plucked out with a fork before you are burned to death, never to bother anyone with the putrid mouthings coming out of your foul breath. You are a disgusting animal who never deserved to breath a moment, and your death will be celebrated by all decent members of humanity.
Dec. 28, 2017, 9:57 am
Morris from Mill Basin says:
Sorry, I meant "breathe," not "breath."

I hate typos.
Dec. 28, 2017, 9:57 am
Morris from Mill Basin says:
Happy new year, everyone except disgusting Trump supporters.
Dec. 28, 2017, 9:59 am
Morris from Mill Basin says:
Who all deserve painful deaths, needless to say.
Dec. 28, 2017, 10 am
TheBrooklynDiva from Canarsie says:
Thank you Park Slope homeowner. You just made my day today. Seasons Greetings and a blessed & prosperous 2018. Keep up the great work.
Dec. 28, 2017, 10:10 am
Dave from Not Park Slope says:
The vitriol that Morris is putting forth is both vicious and divisive. If he voted for Bernie Sanders or Hillary in the last election then let him state his case for his choice. The people he addressed in his posting reply do not deserve the kind of vile rhetoric Morris displayed. He was over the top IMHO.
Dec. 28, 2017, 11:48 am
Trump’s not welcome in this white house. How dare you. Hope you take your disgusting self with your signs and family and GTF out -leave. You are a complete idiot.
Dec. 28, 2017, 12:29 pm
Mustafa khant from Atlantic ave. says:
Brooklyndiva. If you have a prosperous 2018, thank Trump.
Dec. 28, 2017, 12:35 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Every post from morris is another reminder that liberalism is a mental disease. As is this “holiday” display. Keep crying libtards, your tears are delicious.
Dec. 28, 2017, 12:36 pm
Frank from Bay Ridge says:
All those in favor of voting that Morris from Mill Basin is a moron vote yea. yea. Anyone second the motion?
Dec. 28, 2017, 12:36 pm
Matisha Washington from Bronx says:
This is really racist !
Dec. 28, 2017, 12:55 pm
Ken from Greenpoint says:
Petey from Sunset Park... you are damn right.....
Dec. 28, 2017, 2:19 pm
Jerome from Boerum Hill says:
Why does the Brooklyn Paper print Morris's vile stupidities? This childish display and the positive rwception in Park Slope is another manifestation of the intolrrance and authoritarianism of progressives. What they refuse to accept is the result of a free and fair election. They are so superior to the electorate who put Donald Teump in the White House that they spend all their time thinking of how to throw him out of office. Progressives and fascists share a bigotry toward their fellow man.
Dec. 28, 2017, 3:06 pm
Tyler from pps says:
The comments here are ridiculous.... What part of this homeowner's display says anything to dispute the election? Why is Trump and all of his mindless supporters still stuck on the election??

"Get over it?" "Don't like it, then leave?" #sad

I see signs on this house that describe the president as a threat to our republic. If you can't see how that isn't true, maybe you should take a look at what our "presidential" president is spewing on Twitter. It's mostly sharing the learned insights of the three chat show idiots the president confuses with news. And, well, today it includes a nice mix of "diplomacy by tweet" and some weird rant about Anna Wintour, because, I guess the editor of Vogue must have hurt his widdle feelings...

I would suggest you also look at the policy decisions being made by the various executive branch agencies, but I know that's hard. Start with his twitter account.
Dec. 28, 2017, 3:56 pm
Gary from Fort Greene says:
Is there a virtue signaling contest going on in Park Slope? This effort will get a few votes, but she really needs to plaster her car with leftist bumper stickers if she wants to win.
Dec. 28, 2017, 6:14 pm
Tillie from Crown Heights says:
Why don't the Trump haters get together and run some decent candidates so they can win? Hillary proved what a loser she was in 2008 when she got wiped out by an unknown junior senator. The Clinton cabal, including Obama, forced Biden not to run and swindled Bernie Sanders out of a fair shot at the nomination. Probably Biden could have won. So then Hillary goes on to secure her Biggest Loser title by losing to someone who'd never run for office. She was born to lose. Next time pick a winner for the party with a message. "I hate Trump" is not a message.
Dec. 28, 2017, 8:37 pm
Matt from Bed-Stuy says:
She should direct her animosity elsewhere - Trump's not the one killing Christians, throwing gays off roofs or forcing women to cover up in public - that would be ISIS and the jihadists. These liberals are just showing how mentally deranged they all are
Dec. 30, 2017, 11:09 pm
reader from internet says:
354 12 St between 6th and 7th, heavily mortgaged, per nyc finance/acris, not sure she's really a home "owner."
Dec. 31, 2017, 8:39 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Tillie - they did pick a better candidate - but they stole Bernie's delegates for the Queen.

Of Course Bernie was just supposed to be a stooge to make her look good, but the stooge was more likable than the Queen.
Dec. 31, 2017, 10:17 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Hillary may have achieved levels of corruption that would make Boss Tweed blush, but Bernie was a straight up Communist that honeymooned in the Soviet Union, and advocated for the likes of Daniel Ortega. While Bernie is more representative of the commies lurking in the Democrat Party, he was actually the worst possible candidate. America will never tolerate socialism, and someday the wide eyed Bernie bots will come to realize this.
Dec. 31, 2017, 3:51 pm
Morris from Mill Basin says:
I like to kcuf children in my spare time!
Dec. 31, 2017, 4:24 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
The personal attacks on Hillary really need to stop. She has pretty much moved one, but I can see that a number of you haven't ever since after the election. The reason why you will still see a lot of anti-Trump signs is just to know that they feel sorry for those who voted him in even if some were just trying to throw away their vote. I am one of those who didn't vote for him, so I don't have to worry about what he does wrong and I can always say this, "Don't look at me, I voted for Hillary." One of the main reasons I voted for Hillary was that I wanted someone who actually knew what they were doing as president, and that's something The Donald isn't known for. Unfortunately, elections can't be done over and you have to live with you have for the next four years. To those who don't want him president again, vote for the other person who runs against him in 2020 or it will be luck the 2004 election all over again where so many said that as much as they hated George W Bush, they couldn't picture themselves voting for John Kerry and just reelected Dubya in the claim that they were better off with the devil they know than the one they didn't.
Jan. 1, 2018, 5:17 pm

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