Lawmaker to unveil bill ensuring nothing — ‘no airport, no highway, no school’ — is named after Trump
Rep. Linda Sánchez says she’s poised to introduce legislation that would ban virtually everything — “even a bench” — from bearing President Trump’s name.
“I don’t believe that a seditious occupant of the White House should have — ever have anything named after him,” the California Democrat said of Trump in an interview with People published Monday, referring to Trump’s efforts to cast doubt on the results of the 2020 election and his words of encouragement to a crowd of supporters before they laid siege to the Capitol on Wednesday.
“I don’t think that he deserves any of the benefits that are conferred on prior presidents,” Sánchez said.
“I am working on a bill that would mean that nothing — not even a bench, no airport, no highway, no school — nothing — ever bear the name of this traitor,” she added.
Sánchez opened up about her experience using desks to barricade the doors inside her rooms in the Rayburn House Office Building in attempt to keep the growing mob out. The lawmaker said she and her chief of staff grabbed baseball bats she stores in her office as a player on the Congressional Women’s Softball team as rioters were “gleefully desecrating” the Capitol in an effort to prevent the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
At least five people died as result of the ensuing violence.
“I remember just thinking to myself, ‘I want to live to see my son grow up,’” Sánchez told the magazine.
In the wake of the attacks, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) announced he would be introducing seemingly similar legislation that would prevent any federal buildings or property from being named after the 45th president.
Trump “incited an insurrection that damaged some our nation’s most significant and sacred federal property,” Castro said in a tweet last Thursday. “Donald Trump should never become a future generation’s confederate symbol.”
On Monday, a trio of House Democrats introduced an article of impeachment against Trump, accusing him of inciting his supporters to carry out the riot.
“[I]ncited by President Trump, members of the crowd he had addressed, in an attempt to … interfere with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential election, unlawfully breached and vandalized the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress, the Vice President and Congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts,” the impeachment article states.