House Democrats have now introduced new petty legislation that would prevent former President Donald Trump from having his name presented on federal projects, buildings, statues, lands, or any other types of tribute.
According to the new legislation, the bill would “prohibit the use of Federal funds for the commemoration of certain former Presidents.” While Trump is not specifically mentioned by name in the proposed bill, he is the only president to have been impeached twice by the House.
The bill, called the “No Glory for Hate Act,” was introduced by California Democrat Rep. Linda Sanchez and has 13 cosponsors, all of which are Democrats.
“For years, Donald Trump poured gasoline on lies, encouraging racism and hatred, then lit the match on January 6th,” Sanchez said last month in a statement.
“A president who has been impeached twice does not deserve the honours bestowed on a former president,” Sanchez added. “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.”
The bill specifically prohibits federal funds from being used to “create or display any symbol, monument, or statue commemorating any former President that has been twice impeached by the House of Representatives,” including “any highway, park, subway, Federal building, military installation, street, or other Federal property.”
The legislation also prevents Trump from being buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
“The Secretary of Defense shall not approve a determination of eligibility for interment or inurnment in Arlington National Cemetery made by the Secretary of the Army that permits the interment or inurnment in Arlington National Cemetery of any former President that has been twice impeached by the House of Representatives,” the legislation states.
The bill states that presidents that have been twice impeached are “not entitled to receive any benefit, other than Secret Service protection, under such Act.” It also states:
No Federal funds or other Federal financial assistance may be provided to a state, political subdivision thereof, or entity if any such funds or financial assistance will be used for the benefit of any building, land, structure, installation, or any other property that bears the name, or is named or designated in commemoration of, any former President that has been twice impeached by the House of Representatives.
Sanchez said that students should not attend a school named “in honor of a traitorous president”:
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. 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 honour of a traitorous president.
Cosponsors to the legislation include: Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Rep. André Carson (D-IN), Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT), Rep. Rep . Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Rep. Nikema Williams (D-GA), and Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA).