Trump supporters start a petition to name the next major US warship, but not everyone’s on board

Hillary Clinton probably never expected her disparaging “deplorables” name for Donald Trump supporters to become a rallying cry during the campaign. Imagine the surprise if the term is used to name the next American warship.

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But a petition is underway for the White House to consider doing just that.

The petition, currently on the White House website, is calling for the next major U.S. warship to be christened “USS The Deplorables.”

Image: USS William P. Lawrence.

Launched on December 4, 2016 by someone identified only as “D.S.” the petition notes the name choice would be “To honor those citizens who rose up to defend America and The Constitution from the globalists.”

Clinton came to regret her use of the term “basket of deplorables” which she fired off during the campaign with the initial intent to slam Trump supporters as racist, sexist, xenophobic and homophobic. Those supporters, however, came out in droves to vote for Trump and took full advantage of the name, wearing it proudly on T-shirts and hats.

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Now the petition to memorialize the name on a Navy vessel awaits 100,000 signatures by January 3, 2017, to gain official White House support. As of this writing, it has garnered over 4,500 signatures.

“My gut reaction when I heard about this was, ‘Would you like to be a sailor deployed on a ship called the USS The Deplorables?’” David Winkler, director of programs at the Naval Historical Foundation, told “Do you think someone would really want to say, ‘Look at that ship out there – it’s deplorable?’”

And though U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has handed out unconventional names for new warships in the past, like naming one after late gay rights leader Harvey Milk, Winkler does not advise the “deplorable” name.

“There’s been some controversy in the past with names having some political undertones,” Winkler said. “Mabus is trying to reach out to different groups of people with his choices, but naming a ship ‘Deplorable’ is not the way to do that.”

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