To Soothe His Edifice Complex, Trump Wants An Airport Named For Him
Donald Trump loves to put his name on things. Buildings, golf courses, meat, wine, universities, banners, hats, executive orders, etc. Now, as his disastrous term is coming to an end, the president with an edifice complex wants to know how he can get an airport named after him.
Even though he publicly continues to fight to overturn the results of the election that he lost to remain in office, Trump privately has been wondering what he can do now to jump-start the process of getting an airport named after him. The Daily Beast reports that true to form, he’s even being very particular about which airport it might be, noting that “no president” wants an American airport to bear his name if it has a bad reputation or is in disrepair.
There are lots of airports around the United States that bear the names of former presidents, some more famous and well-traveled than others: John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport just across the Potomac River from the District of Columbia in Virginia. You also can fly into Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich., Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, Ill., and Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Ark.
The Beast reports, “Trump, very likely, will have a number of allied state and national politicians eager to demonstrate their devotion to him with an airport-naming push. But the process isn’t supposed to come until after he leaves office. The fact that it’s on his mind now, amid an exploding coronavirus crisis and accompanying economic problems, demonstrates how far his attention can drift even during weighty and difficult moments.”
Trump doesn’t have a great track record in the field of aviation. In 1988 he acquired the Eastern Airlines shuttle that operated between Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C., and thought he could re-brand it with “luxury” upgrades. After operating for four years without a profit it was seized by creditors in 1992, the Trump named was dropped, and it was sold to a new corporation.