Ridiculous Plan to Name Highway After Trump Just Crashed and Burned
Deep Red State Gets Whiplash At Idea Of Honoring Donald Trump
There are many ways to look at just how unpopular Republican Donald Trump has become during his time in office. But maybe one of the funniest just happened in the deeply conservative state of Utah.
An idea was floated in the legislature to rename a highway after the current occupier of the Oval Office. And, even in a state he comfortably won despite a fairly strong third-party candidate, the effort turned into a laughable disaster.
Republican State Rep. Mike Noel announced he was abandoning his bill after considerable backlash to it. He told a local Fox affiliate the messages he got from constituents were less than flattering, to say the least.
Rep. Noel played for FOX 13 voicemails he’d received from people with copious profanity.
“Are you f—ing kidding me? Go f— yourself,” an angry woman says on one voicemail.
Another accused the Kanab representative of performing a sex act on the President and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Rep. Noel said some of the voicemails and emails he’d received over the Trump Highway designation were disturbing but had not risen to the level of death threats.
In addition to that, Democrats stated they would add a “Stormy Daniels Rampway” to the bill if it came to the state Senate.
According to Morning Consult’s latest tracking poll, Trump has gone from a net approval rating of +27 percent in Utah to -2 percent since January 2017.
Noel noted that he wanted to name the highway after Trump to thank him for shrinking Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. The New York Times recently uncovered documents showing the move was partly about oil and gas exploration, despite administration claims that it wasn’t.
So, while people rejoice when some presidents get this kind of honor, it looks like Donald Trump will have to wait for his, if he ever gets it for being Commander-in-Chief. He has certainly done little to deserve it.
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