Law Stripping Post-Presidency Benefits From Trump Unveiled In Congress

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At one point, former president Donald Trump believed that an image of his face might actually be carved into Mt. Rushmore next to that of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson. House Democrats, however, want to make sure he cannot even have a street sign, a statue, or be buried in Arlington Cemetary.

HR 484, the “No Glory for Hate Act,” does what’s already been done in Germany, where no statues or monuments to the former leader who oversaw the Holocaust, Adolph Hitler. The resolution says that no symbols, statues, structures, or public lands can be named after or used to commemorate any president who’s been impeached twice or “been convicted of a State or Federal crime relating to actions taken in an official capacity.” In the United States, that’s a short list of only one person.

Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA), who introduced the resolution, said that:

‘For years, Donald Trump poured gasoline on lies, encouraging racism and hatred, then lit the match on January 6th. A president who has been impeached twice does not deserve the honors bestowed on a former president. We should never glorify the hatred Donald Trump personified as President. This bill ensures that there is no glory for hate – not a building, statue, or even a park bench.’

Sanchez was one of the many lawmakers trapped inside the Capitol Building when supporters carrying Trump’s flag and shouting his slogans attacked the building, bringing zip ties to bind elected officials along with stun guns and a gallows pole. After that day, Sanchez says no American should be forced to live with any monument to that hatred in their midst.

‘I remember getting the horrifying news that no one was coming to help us – that the National Guard had not gotten approval – while police officers were being beaten and overrun.  I thought, no one who stirs up this seditionist act should ever be held to the same high standards we hold for our former presidents who served with grace.’

One of the most important things that the United States can do now is move on from Trump, putting his racist, homophobic, transphobic, and misogynist rhetoric behind us in scorn. No person who was targeted by Trump’s hatred should have to see his name commemorated on their schools, roads, or parks.

‘Even though Trump is no longer in office, he should still be held accountable for his actions and the taxpayers should not foot the bill for his future actions.  I can’t imagine sending students in Southern California — or anywhere in America — to a school named in honor of a traitorous president.’