Many lawmakers believe that Trump does not deserve the honor bestowed upon former presidents because he "poured gasoline on lies, encouraging racism and hatred" during his term as the US president, and then "lit the match on January 6th."
Statues, libraries, airports, and monuments have for long been dedicated to former presidents as a reminder of their lasting legacy. But Donald Trump might not have any display that bears his name, that is if Democrats have anything to do with it.
House Democrats have been trying to, in a way, cancel the ex-president by not only banning any statue, symbol, or monument from carrying his name but also forbidding Trump from being buried at the Arlington National Cemetery after his death.
In January, Democratic lawmakers proposed a bill called 'No Glory for Hate Act,' introduced by California Democratic Representative Linda Sanchez to revoke some of the privileges that the former president, accused of inciting violence and spreading baseless conspiracy theories of voter fraud, would enjoy in his post-White House life, according to Independent.
Although the bill does not mention Trump by name, it targets presidents that have been impeached twice. And Trump is the only man in American history to have achieved this feat.
Along with barring twice-impeached presidents from being buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, the introduced bill states that federal funds would not be used to "create or display any symbol, monument, or statue commemorating any former President that has been twice impeached by the House of Representatives on or before the date of enactment of this Act or has been convicted of a State or Federal crime relating to actions taken in an official capacity as President of the United States on Federal public land, including any highway, park, subway, Federal building, military installation, street, or other Federal property," as reported by ABC4.
JUST IN: House Dems have introduced a bill to ban “twice impeached presidents” from burial at Arlington National Cemetery and federal funds from going to buildings displaying their names or acknowledging their achievements— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) February 18, 2021
This bill is called the "No Glory For Hate Act" pic.twitter.com/o3Y9n7qJUi
When Sanchez released a statement about the bill, the Democratic lawmaker said, as quoted by Independent, "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."
Linda Sanchez puts forward bill:— Patricia Strong (@Patrykia) January 29, 2021
“The No Glory for Hate Act” would ban the government from commemorating Mr Trump in any way. The legislation would prevent federal projects, buildings, statues, or lands from being named after Mr Trump.
As expected, the bill was slammed by conservatives, and according to Washington Examiner, lawyer Harmeet Dhillon wrote on Twitter, "This is pathetic, even for you, House Democrats. I heard some of you went to law school. Ever heard of a bill of attainder?"
Rep. Steve Scalise. also said on social media, "Dems just introduced a bill to ban presidents 'twice impeached by the House' from having their name on anything that gets federal funding and burial at Arlington. THIS is their priority right now? Not students. Not workers. Not small businesses. Just more revenge. Shameful."
📌House Democrats introduce bill to bar 'twice impeached' former presidents from burial at Arlington National Cemetery— Charlie Wageman 🇺🇸 (@CharlieWageman) February 18, 2021
“H.R. 484, the "No Glory for Hate Act," would "prohibit the use of Federal funds for the commemoration of certain former Presidents," https://t.co/CfKpEh8PPT
However, explaining the intention behind the proposed bill, Sanchez went on to say in the statement, "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."
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