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Oklahoma Names Something After Trump

It’s customary that former presidents are honored and memorialized by having big things named after them. In Washington, D.C. there’s Ronald Reagan National Airport and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Former President George H.W. Bush had the Central Intelligence Agency’s Langley, Va., headquarters campus named for him. The magnificent John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a grand tribute to the gone-too-soon 35th president.

For his part, right before leaving office Donald Trump mused about wanting to have an airport named after him, like JFK in New York, Bush Intercontinental in Houston, or even his former buddies Bill and Hillary Clinton in Little Rock, Ark. That appears unlikely anytime soon so Republicans in the great state Oklahoma have taken matters into their own hands to honor the 45 president.

On Friday the Republican governor of the Sooner state, Kevin Stitt, signed legislation naming a stretch of highway after the twice-impeached, one-term former president. The honor may not be quite as grand as Trump thinks he deserves, but you have to start somewhere. To be specific a roughly 20-mile stretch of U.S. 287 that traverses the panhandle of Oklahoma from Boise City (population 1,266) south to the Oklahoma-Texas border is now known as President Donald J. Trump Highway.

Notice that the name doesn’t include the word “memorial.” That’s because, of course, Trump isn’t dead. Being dead for at least three years used to be a condition for having a road or bridge named after you in Oklahoma, something that state Democratic Senate Minority leader Kay Floyd pointed out to her colleagues when the highway name change idea was first suggested.

State lawmakers on the other side of the aisle were undeterred and voted to amend the statute to allow the name change to sail through.



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