Not only has President Trump changed how we think about politics. He’s getting Americans to change their own identities.
In a startling story sure to flatter our Commander-in-Chief, an 80-year-old Vietnam vet Donald McGovern of Tallahassee, Florida has legally changed his middle name to “Trump” out of admiration for the President, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
Yes, that means his name is now Donald Trump McGovern.
The ardent Trump supporter filed for a name change just days before the nation’s 45th President was sworn into office, and the petition was granted in April. McGovern dropped his given “Charles” in favor of the most well-known name in America.
When asked why he decided to forsake the middle name he had carried for eight decades, McGovern cited his unwavering faith in the nation’s oft-attacked head of state.
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“Because I totally, totally believe in the man,” said McGovern. “Because I totally believe in his forwardness.”
While President Trump’s detractors have heavily criticized him for his extremely outspoken style, McGovern says that’s part of what he loves about the man. “He was originally an actor or a showman. That’s what you have to be in today’s world as a president.”
The bold Tallahassee man has stuck with Trump through thick and thin, even through the President’s most controversial actions. “I don’t understand a couple of things that he’s done,” McGovern stated. “But still, he’s our chief and commander.”
The retired lance corporal recalls losing six of his fellow marines in Vietnam, including one who dies in his arms. He likens President Trump’s fighting spirit to the determination seen on the battlefield.
I LOVE THIS GUY, an 80 year old FLORIDIAN, he just may have started a TREND. THANKS TO DONALD TRUMP MCGOVERN!!
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We never give up. That’s what you hear about the Marines, and it’s true. We do not give up,” McGovern said.
He also expressed his belief that President Trump will be remembered in history as a great leader. “[Trump] will be recognized, I hope, not only by this country, but by the world — as a true, true, leader of leaders.”
McGovern gave both of his two children the middle name “Kennedy.” Like the President, he worked in the real estate business.
This isn’t the first time someone has found himself in the spotlight for adopting the Trump name. Earlier this year, a tattooed Mexican American legally changed his name to “Ernesto Trump” due to his belief that he’s the President’s son.
When you’re as popular as The Donald, it’s to be expected some people will take their admiration to new levels.