A pair of lawmakers from Ohio now want to set aside a day to honor former President Trump, to “celebrate one of the greatest Presidents in American History,” in their own words.
Reps. Jon Corss and Reggie Stoltzfus are seeking to make every June 14 “President Donald Trump Day” in the state, according to reports.
The two asked their fellow lawmakers to co-sponsor the bill via an email, stating “Let’s show the 3,154,834 Ohio voters who cast their ballot to re-elect Donald J. Trump that we as a legislature recognize the accomplishments of his administration.”
June 14 is Donald Trump’s birthday, and it is not uncommon for states to honor former leaders on their birthdays. 40 states celebrate President Regan’s birthday on Feb. 6 and Illinois unofficially celebrates Barack Obama Day on Aug. 4, for example.
Aside from the Obama Day in Illinois, though, such an honor is usually only bestowed on a former President after their death. There is not yet a Jimmy Carter in Georgia or a Bill Clinton Day in Arkansas, for example.
It would also be out of the ordinary for a President to be honored this way mere weeks after leaving office.
Ohio has a very strong Republican presence in its state government, as Gov. Mike DeWine is a member of the Party and Republicans have the majority in both houses of the state legislature.
Trump won Ohio by 8 points over Joe Biden in 2020 and by 9 points over Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Trump also announced the launch the “Office of the Former President” in Palm Beach, Florida. Once the announcement was made it did not take long for him to be the brunt of some pretty sharp jokes online.
Trump, 74, left the White House for the last time the morning of January 20, 2021 and is now staying at his private resort in Florida, Mar-a-Lago.
He issued a statement about the launch of the “office of the Former President.”
“The Office will be responsible for managing President Trump’s correspondence, public statements, appearances, and official activities to advance the interests of the United States and to carry on the agenda of the Trump Administration through advocacy, organizing, and public activism.”
Comedian Dave Weasel was one of the first to respond to the announcement on Twitter. He tweeted: “And now a word from the Office of the Former President,” and adding an image of a microphone being held over a trash bin. The post quickly racked up the likes.
Trump was also impeached for a second time by the House making him the first president in US history to be impeached twice.
Trump is also the only individual to face impeachment after leaving office.
A handful of Senate Republicans believed that moving forward with impeachment would only be divisive. A few also believed it is unconstitutional. It wasn’t.
“I believe an impeachment trial of a former president is unconstitutional and would set a very dangerous precedent,” Senator Ron Johnson tweeted on January 21.
“There is no provision in the Constitution for holding such a trial over a former president who is now a private citizen. Where would we get the authority to do so?” he added.
Clearly, Donald Trump day should not happen given how poor of a president he was an how badly he left office.