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Pence Greeted by New Neighbors in DC With Rainbow Flag Protests

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By    |   Monday, 05 Dec 2016 11:41 AM

Vice President-elect Mike Pence's new neighbors welcomed him with rainbow flags in a show of "solidarity" with the LGBTQ community, The Daily Caller reports.

In a few days, Pence will move into his new home in the Washington, D.C. community of Barnaby Woods, where he'll reside until the inauguration, after which he'll stay in the official vice-presidential residence at Number One Observatory Circle at the Naval Observatory.

He's joined in Barnaby Woods by Democratic activist Peter Fenn, former member of President Barack Obama's campaign's National Finance Committee Michael Zeldin, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell.

"We've gone through the various stages of grief. We cried. We yelled. Then we sort of felt that we'd really like to do something," organizer Joanna Pratt told The Caller. "We do not see it as a statement of hatred. We do not see it as a statement of meanness, it's about tolerance."

"We see it as our opportunity to say to the vice president-elect we have very strong feelings about where this administration is headed."

Phil Kerpen, president of conservative group American Commitment, disagreed that the display sent a message of tolerance.

Kerpen, who lives in the neighborhood, noted that Pratt told The Washington Post that organizers wanted to put a banner saying, "Chevy Chase Loves Hillary," in reference to the larger Chevy Chase section of D.C. where Barnaby Woods is located.

"I thought it was remarkably forthcoming, that actually their statement has nothing to do with gay rights or tolerance," Kerpen told the Caller.

"They just wanted to make a political statement that we're Democrats and we love Hillary Clinton. It's a deliberately misreading to pretend that this has something to do with deeper content."

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