While some Alaskans may be happy with President Obama’s renaming of Mount McKinley back to its original name of Denali, others, including Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, are incensed.
An angry Ted Cruz, appearing on the Hugh Hewitt show, said the move was “the latest manifestation of the megalomaniacal, imperial presidency that we have seen for six and a half years. This administration has been the most lawless administration we’ve ever seen.”
Cruz pointed out that the proper way to change the name of a mountain is to go to Congress, and cited current legislation before Congress to make the name change that has not yet passed, “but he cannot be bothered with constitutional niceties like actually passing legislation.”
Trump was more succinct, sending out a tweet vowing to change the name back to McKinley and calling the move a “great insult to Ohio,” the state where President William McKinley was born.
President Obama wants to change the name of Mt. McKinley to Denali after more than 100 years. Great insult to Ohio. I will change back!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2015
People seized on Trump’s tweet to argue about it.
@realDonaldTrump Yes! And undo all his executive orders! We’re counting on you and we will support you all the way.
— JeSuisCapitalist (@Patriotic_Me) September 1, 2015
@realDonaldTrump trying to erase history is no different than ISIS destroying Palmyra
— American Wonka (@AtheistWWonka) September 1, 2015
@realDonaldTrump Thanks Donald!
— Hjörvar Hafliðason (@hjorvarhaflida) September 1, 2015
@realDonaldTrump Thank you. He has no business doing stupid things like this while issues of greater importance are obvious to all.
— dijidog (@dijjidog) September 1, 2015
Isn’t it important that Alaskans wanted it named after native Alaskans? Oh wait, Ohio is electorally important. @realDonaldTrump
— Wandering Poet (@WanderinPoet) September 1, 2015
@realDonaldTrump How long had it been Denali before it was changed to McKinley? Way more than 100 years. Idiot.
— Quirkydude (@Quirkydude) September 1, 2015
@realDonaldTrump Alaska has been asking this for over 30 years.
— Matthew Prewett (@matthewprewett) September 1, 2015
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