Oklahoma House approves measure to name stretch of highway after President Trump

Donald Trump could soon have a road named after him.

The Washington Examiner reports that Oklahoma’s House of Representatives has passed a bill that would rename a stretch of highway in the state after the former president.

The road, which would be dubbed the “President Donald J. Trump Highway,” comprises a roughly 20-mile stretch of U.S. 287 located in Oklahoma’s panhandle, the Examiner reports.

Trump Highway?

According to The Oklahomanthe move from the Republican-led legislature to rename the highway after Trump comes as part of a larger bill to rename bridges and highways in the state.

The measure would typically honor notable Oklahomans, but GOP lawmakers in the state are making an exception for Trump, who was a lifelong New Yorker before moving to Florida following his stint in the White House.

Oklahoma has also named a highway in honor of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, and has bridges named for Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and George W. Bush, The Oklahoman notes.

Democrat opposition

The push to honor Trump comes amid predictable pushback from state Democrats, who were unsuccessful in their attempts to get the provision removed from the naming package.

Dems had previously quashed an attempt by a pair of Oklahoma Republicans to name a portion of the famed Route 66 after Trump in 2019, arguing that Trump was still in the White House at the time and should only be honored after his tenure ended, as The Oklahoman noted.

Now, however, the Washington Examiner notes that Democrats nationwide are engaged in an effort to “remove Trump’s name from signs and monuments, including in New York,” his home state.

Looking forward

Of course, those efforts haven’t deterred Republicans in states like Ohio, where GOP legislators are looking to rename a state park, Mosquito Lake State Park, after the 45th president, as the Examiner reported separately.

Back in Oklahoma, the highways and bridges naming deal passed the state House in a 78–18 vote on Thursday, with no Democrats voting in favor of it, according to Tulsa World.

The measure is now headed back to the state Senate for final approval before landing on Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt’s desk.

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