February 4th, 2021
2 Ohio Republicans want to designate June 14 as pitch ‘President Donald J Trump Day’
Two Ohio Republican lawmakers want to designate June 14 (Trump's birthday) as "President Donald J. Trump Day."
GOP Reps. Jon Cross and Reggie Stoltzfus sent a memo last week to their colleagues, requesting them to co-sponsor their bill.
Trump "against great odds, accomplished many things that have led our nation to unparalleled prosperity," the duo said in the memo, adding "the Ohio House believes it is imperative we set aside a day to celebrate one of the greatest presidents in American history."Critics of the president charge that - until the coronavirus - the economy did improve under President Trump but various other facets of Ameria and its well being were harmed including international relations, our standing in the world and domestic issues at home. Despite that, fans of the former president have long touted Trump’s economic results.
In the November presidential election, Trump won the battleground state with record votes.
Speaking to CNN, Cross informed that he plans to introduce this bill in the state legislature sometime this month.
States naming a day after a president is nothing new.For instance, August 4 is Barack Obama Day in Illinois.The Columbus Dispatch echoed the sentiment noting that, "California celebrates February 6, President Ronald Reagan's birthday, in its public schools with "exercises remembering the life of Ronald Reagan, recognizing his accomplishments, and familiarizing pupils with the contributions he made to California." The impacts of the Trump Presidency were felt throughout the country especially in the post-industrial, rust-belt states like Ohio who historically turned out for the America-First Trump Agenda
A point to note is that June 14 is already a national holiday – Flag Day.This seems hardly less respectful than taking two of our most revered President's celebrations and consolidating them for convenience as was done in converting Washington & Lincoln's birthdays into "President's Day". In fact many Federal Holidays including Presidents' day were converted to Mondays in a 1968 law for business/labor convenience, it seems that Federal holidays are pretty malleable if you have the right backing from Unions & big Business.
Jeff Crossman, a Democratic state representative, told the Columbus Dispatch that "changing an existing federal holiday that honors the flag" is "disrespectful."
Cross, however, argues that commemorating a commander-in-chief on Flag Day would be "great for any president -- they believe in our flag, which I thought was fitting."