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July 15, 2020


John Nadler was jeered at New Castle's Memorial Day Parade. Photo Credit: File photo
John Nadler of Chappaqua stands behind his Chevy Tahoe, known around the village as a pro-Trump and anti-Democrat menace. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
The lone anti-Hillary Clinton sign still standing near King Street in Chappaqua, a few blocks from the Nadler home. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

A Trump Republican In The Clintons' Chappaqua Court: Meet Self-Proclaimed Gadfly John Nadler

John Nadler is very aware that he lives "behind enemy lines," so-to-speak, in Chappaqua.

Nadler knows only one other property owner in the village who may have voted for Donald J. Trump for president.

"There's a guy around the corner near the firehouse who has a 'Hillary for Prison' sign on his lawn," Nadler told Daily Voice. "I took the Trump stickers off of my car, but I'll put Trump 2020 ones on once I find them."

The 66-year-old's love for politics is rooted in the Watergate and Vietnam eras: He came within two weeks of military service before the draft was halted by President Richard Nixon. "I had No. 110 in the (draft) lottery and they were at 95." 

Growing up in the Bronx (he still has a noticeable accent), Nadler said he handed out political fliers as a kid and worked since he was 12, making deliveries and collecting bottles. At the age of 16, he became a fan of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Nadler believes RFK would have changed the course of history had he been elected president. "To me, Bobby Kennedy was the last American hope,'' Nadler said.

Nadler said he used to be a pro-Democrat hippie who voted for Jimmy Carter in 1976.

Now, he's living in Chappaqua, less than a mile from Hillary and former President Bill Clinton and several of RFK's descendants. The Clintons have lived in Nadler's hamlet of Chappaqua in the Town of New Castle since 1999.

"I know for a fact, from being on Facebook, that I'm reaching people and getting people involved. I want to get people energized and to get them to be more for Trump and energize others on the fence. ... We need to change the independents and people who are on the fence," Nadler said.

Outside of immigration issues (Nadler literally sees red and eye-to-eye with Trump on constructing a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border) -- he's actually pretty socially conscious -- feeling for people living in shoddy housing complexes or running small businesses. He also was sympathetic to federal workers during their furlough. 

"Democrats are just against it (the wall) because they don't want Trump to achieve anything,'' in Nadler's view of politics. 

He's had an anti-Hillary Clinton Facebook page for more than three years. Nadler believes he has been changing minds, including those of his wife and eldest son. But more importantly, Nadler thinks his Internet posts on Twitter and Facebook generate valuable discussion. (His accounts have had temporary suspensions when the provider deems content inappropriate. Nadler believes those suspensions are un-American and violate his Free Speech rights.) 

Nadler met the president's son, Eric Trump, by chance, twice, at Guadalajara restaurant in Briarcliff Manor, and talked with him about 10 minutes "He and his wife (Lara) are the nicest people," said Nadler.

He's no fan of Jared Kushner, however, nor of everything that Trump does. "I really believe God sent Trump here. He's so extreme, but it's what the country needs. I know he's a screwup in ways with his personal life."

As a former construction manager, Nadler said he feels for the federal workers who went without paychecks. But he insists Democrats were bigger bullies in politicking over building a border wall. 

He displays pro-Trump placards at public events and writes news editors if they publish news he perceives as unfair to Trump.

Nadler makes his love of the billionaire businessman who owns properties in Westchester known by driving around town with Trump bumper stickers on his car and "Make America Great'' caps on his dashboard.

First came the grimaces — the disbelieving eyes trained upon his shirt, his signs, his Chevy bumper and window stickers broadcasting a local betrayal.

His then-teenage son refused to drive the family car without removing the “MAGA” hats from the dashboard. Nadler glued some of his pro-Trump stickers to the back window of his Chevy Tahoe.

Acquaintances in the hometown whom Nadler has known for 30 years no longer will look him in the eye. He was jeered at the town’s Memorial Day parade, where the Clintons and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who also lives in New Castle, marched to wide applause. 

He founded an opposition group on Facebook, “Neighbors of Hillary Clinton in Chappaqua for Donald Trump for President,” whose 5,000 friends mostly live out-of-town.

Trained in engineering and building construction, Nadler has followed Trump’s career since the 1970s including his redevelopment of the Commodore Hotel (now the Grand Hyatt) in Manhattan.

In the construction business, Nadler says he learned to wheel-and-deal like Trump. He faithfully tracks President Trump’s highs and lows, personal and professional, in the news. And he never missed a television episode of “The Apprentice.”

Trump exaggerates to compensate for people who don’t like him, in Nadler's opinion: "I do that, too."

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