Cheering Trump in South Brooklyn

Red and blue: A breakdown by Assembly district shows that Northern Brooklyn overwhelmingly went for Clinton, but Southern Brooklyn was a closer race — Trump even carried two districts covering the Ocean Parkway corridor. (Visualization by Max Yeager via Brooklyn Paper)

Red and blue: A breakdown by Assembly district shows that Northern Brooklyn overwhelmingly went for Clinton, but Southern Brooklyn was a closer race — Trump even carried two districts covering the Ocean Parkway corridor. (Visualization by Max Yeager via Brooklyn Paper)

While the borough of Brooklyn handed Hillary Clinton a tidy 79.25% of its votes, certain neighborhoods in South Brooklyn turned out in force for Donald Trump, prompting Max Jaeger of Brooklyn Paper to write: “It was the Russians.”

“I’m over the moon that Trump won,” said Bensonhurster Rebecca Zlobinskaya, who is also Russian. “He has the business experience to change all our lives for the better. It’s a beautiful thing his winning, it really is.”

Local politicians explained the appeal.

“The Russian community overwhelmingly went for Trump. I heard ‘Israel,’ I heard ‘businessman,’ I heard ‘outsider,’ and ‘not part of the political establishm­ent,’ ” said Ari Kagan, a Democratic district leader in the 45th Assembly District, where Trump got 16,400 votes to Clinton’s 10,600. “I know that the majority of people in Brighton Beach supported Trump, it was not a surprise.”

Go to Brooklyn Paper to read what one Ukrainian American, who said she was the only one of her friends and family to vote for Clinton, had to say about the widespread support for Trump, and to learn what the director of the Brighton Neighborhood Association had to say.

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