If there’s anything Donald Trump loves in this world, it’s recognition, despite the fact that 9.5 times out of 10, he didn’t do a damn thing to deserve it — most specifically in the form of having his name plastered all over something, whether that be a hotel, a condominium building, an airport, a park, or a highway. But, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, many people and places are no longer interested in having the former president’s moniker anywhere near their establishments after his heinous, disgraceful four years in office, followed by the crescendo of the Capitol riot he incited on his way out the door. In fact, it’s gotten so bad now that several places that bore his name for years have now moved to do away with it in the wake of it all.
There’s no doubt that it bruises Trump’s ego in a way I probably couldn’t begin to imagine or describe. But I don’t think what the state of Oklahoma just did in what I’m sure was some sort of effort to pacify the giant man-baby is really where it’s at.
Oklahoma is an unsurprisingly red state and lawmakers in the area are pretty properly obsessed with the ex-president, as are most GOPers. But in their recent effort to honor and I guess declare their love for Donald Trump, they ended up pretty much just embarrassing themselves and the former president to boot.
According to a report from the right-leaning Daily Oklahoman newspaper, the state’s governor Kevin Stitt recently signed legislation that designated a 20-mile stretch of U.S. Route 287 as the “President Donald J. Trump Highway.”
At first glance, it seems something Trump would be pretty happy about, just simply because something is being named after him. But as it turns out, it’s really not as cool as it sounds.
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For one, they didn’t even name the whole damn highway after the guy. They named a measly 20-mile stretch after the disgraced ex-president that’s about as desolate as it comes. U.S. Route 287 is actually a massive road leading from the Gulf of Mexico almost all the way up to the Canadian border. But it’s only a small stretch in OK that just barely even touches the state and runs through the most narrow portion dubbed the “panhandle” that will actually bear the ex-president’s name.
Now, the Trump highway does run through Boise City, Oklahoma, the most heavily populated city in Cimarron County, but don’t get too excited just yet. In the 2012 census, the population of Boise City was a measly 1,266 while the total population of the whole county was just 2,475.
During the vote, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Kay Floyd explained that state law actually requires that an individual be deceased before a highway or bridge can be named in their honor, but it seems Republicans were able to weasel their way around it this time. But, honestly, why?
As you can imagine, social media had a field day with the whole thing:
He couldn’t even get the entire highway named after him, just a portion 🤣🤣🤣
— Jenni (@l1ghtbringer0) May 31, 2021
That must anger Trump. He wanted airports, museums, buildings, Rushmore etc, named after him. Instead he gets a short stretch of some highway. lol.
— Ripley (@Ripley49952702) May 30, 2021
@StormyDaniels would agree that it’s a small stretch.
— Sakaphoto Graphics (@sakaphotogrfx) May 30, 2021
Those four inches of freeway will live in infamy!
— Trouble needs me! (@DianeBollig) May 31, 2021
So I guess if one must call 911 on that stretch, one just says that they are somewhere on the Orange Shitgibbon part?
— Sherri garrett (@Sherrigarrett14) May 31, 2021
As short as his tenure.
— JoGo916 (@JoGo916) May 31, 2021
I think it’s appropriate for the small level of importance for Trump in our US History. A tiny stretch of highway out in the middle of nowhere, where nobody will see it, the perfect analogy for the Trump presidency! Thank you! https://t.co/6JgYVBjebi
— Robert C. Evans (@evansrc717) May 31, 2021
If it were me, I think I’d rather they just left my name off it completely. What an embarrassment.
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