Trump presidential limo gets 'Taxation Without Representation' license plate

Trump presidential limo gets 'Taxation Without Representation' license plate
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE’s presidential limousine is sporting the District of Columbia’s politically tinged “Taxation Without Representation” license plate, The Washington Post reported.

The slogan is a tongue-in-cheek dig at the District’s lack of voting representation in Congress, and a play on the famous slogan, “No taxation without representation,” which was used in the American colonies to voice dissatisfaction with colonists’ lack of representation in British Parliament.

The license plates bearing the phrase first came into use in 2000, and were installed on the presidential limo in the final weeks of Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMellman: Which is the right question? NY prosecutors urge appeals court not to block subpoena for Trump's tax returns Sherrod Brown: 'Terrible mistake' for Democratic nominee to support 'Medicare for All' MORE’s presidency.



Former President George W. Bush had the plates removed during his eight years in office. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaIraq is not yet lost, but if we continue to ignore it, it soon will be Obama praises marathon runners Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei for 'remarkable examples of humanity's ability' Each of us has a role in preventing veteran suicide MORE brought the plates back into use just days before he began his second term in office.


One long-proposed solution to D.C.’s representation conundrum is granting the District statehood, a prospect support by both Clinton and Obama during their presidencies.  


Washington, D.C., voters overwhelmingly voted to make the District the 51st state in November. But because the area is a federal district and falls under the authority of Congress, the ballot measure alone doesn’t guarantee statehood.

That measure also provides for the creation of a smaller federal district where much of the federal government is already based.

And it’s unlikely that a Republican-controlled Congress would grant D.C. such a status. The District is heavily Democratic, making it likely that voters would elect Democrats to Congress, giving the party more sway and a greater chance of retaking a majority.  

Trump told The Post last year that he had “no position” on the issue, but mentioned that he doesn’t “see statehood for D.C.”