Republican Mocked for Plan to Name Waterways After Trump: ‘Cult’

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Republican Mocked for Plan to Name Waterways After Trump: ‘Cult’

A Republican lawmaker is facing backlash online after sharing his proposal to name the U.S. coastal waterways after former President Donald Trump.

Florida Congressman Greg Steube said over X, formerly Twitter, that he plans to introduce legislation on Friday that would rename the waterways immediately surrounding the U.S., also known as the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), to the “Donald John Trump Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States.”

“Tomorrow I will introduce legislation to rename our coastal waters after @realDonaldTrump!” Steube wrote, along with sharing a link to an article from Fox News‘, which was the first to report on his proposal.

“President Trump took several commendable actions for our oceans as part of his work to make America strong, secure, and economically prosperous,” the congressman added. “Renaming our waters will serve as a reminder of his many contributions to our nation for generations to come.”

Republican Mocked For Plan to Name WaterwaysAfterTrump
Republican Congressman Greg Steube on Wednesday is seen wearing a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat while pitching against the Democrats during the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Steube…

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Steube’s plan to introduce the legislation on Friday also lines up with Trump’s 78th birthday.

Several users mocked the congressman’s proposal, including one critic who accused the GOP House member of being in a “cult.”

The Context

This is not the first time Trump’s congressional allies have proposed renaming federally controlled entities after the former president. In March, a group of House Republicans proposed legislation that would rename the Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia to The Donald J. Trump International Airport.

The bill, which was met with backlash from Democrats and other critics of the former president, was backed by six GOP representatives. Washington Dulles is named after John Foster Dulles, former secretary of state who served during the Cold War under President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1952 to 1959.

In response to the airport bill, three Democratic lawmakers introduced a resolution to rename the Miami Federal Correctional Institution after Trump. The federal prison is where the ex-president appeared in June 2023 for arraignment in connection to his 37 felony counts in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case.

Trump made history in late May, becoming the first former U.S. president to be convicted of criminal charges after being found guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records in the payment of hush money to adult-film star Stormy Daniels during his 2016 presidential campaign. In total, four criminal indictments have been leveled against Trump, who’s running for a second term in the White House.

What We Know

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the EEZ is the zone where the U.S. has “sovereign rights for the purpose of exploring, exploiting, conserving and managing” the natural resources found in the designated space.

The zone extends no further than 200 nautical miles (roughly 230 miles) from the “territorial sea baseline” and runs adjacent to the 12 nautical miles (roughly 13 miles) of territorial sea under U.S. control, which includes the waterways around Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands, read the NOAA’s website.

Views

Former Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger, who since leaving office has become a staunch critic of Trump, mocked Steube in a response to his post on X, writing, “In my 12 years in congress, which was 3 times longer than Trump held office, i could never have fathomed being this much of a dorky try-hard.”

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education during former President Barack Obama‘s first term, also responded to Steube’s post online, writing, “Cultists gonna cult …”

Other users mocked Trump’s recent criminal conviction in light of Steube’s proposal. Christopher Bouzy posted in response to the congressman on X, “Inmate Number P01135809 is a mouthful.”

American actress Dana Ivey posted to her X account, “Did you hear the @RepGregSteube wants to name coastal waters after the Orange Pod? True. He wants to name something after CONVICTED FELON, sexual predator, GLOAT (GreatestLiarOfAllTime), multiple fraudster, and ripper-off of all who work for him. Gee, Greg, not such a good choice.”

Newsweek Thursday night emailed Steube’s office for comment on the backlash.

What’s Next

If passed, Steube’s bill would mandate that the EEZ name be changed on any applicable laws, maps, documents or other records, reported Fox News. The legislation is unlikely to make it through the House, in which Republicans hold a slim majority, or past the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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