Donald J. Trump’s hometown, New York City, has not exactly been hospitable to him as a politician. In the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton outpolled him here more than four to one.
His home borough within the city, Queens, where he grew up in a 23-room brick mansion, was not much more supportive: He garnered only 22 percent of the vote in 2016, in a county known as an immigrant melting pot where well over 100 languages are spoken.
But there is a corner of Queens where Trump flags proudly fly: the gated, overwhelmingly white, beachfront community of Breezy Point, long a haven for police officers, firefighters and other first-responders.
And though President Trump may be struggling in the polls as many Americans who voted for him in 2016 have soured on his leadership, in Breezy Point, his support remains rock solid.
“I don’t know anyone who voted for Trump in 2016 who would not do it again,” said Bob Turner, a former Republican congressman who has lived in Breezy Point for 40 years.
Jane Deacy, a retired police officer, said, “His record of the past three-and-a-half years stands, and his accomplishments have not changed.”
In Breezy Point — where residents enjoy glimpses of the Manhattan skyline and display banners with slogans like, “Yes, I’m a Trump girl. Get over it!” — loyalty to the president stems in part from a prevalent view that the city outside their gates is being driven into the ground by hopelessly progressive Democrats under whose leadership crime is rising and respect for law enforcement is dropping.
While Mr. Trump’s claim that New York City has fallen prey to anarchy may be greeted with scorn by many New Yorkers, it resonates in Breezy Point.