September 02, 2015

Trump vows to restore "McKinley"

Trump, Kasich would dump native name ‘Denali,’ restore ‘McKinley’

By Joel ConnellyThe name of North America’s highest peak, 20,320-foot Denali in Alaska, has entered the 2016 presidential race.

“President Obama wants to change the name of Mount McKinley to Denali after more than 100 years. Great insult to Ohio, I will change back,” real estate mogul Donald Trump tweeted on Monday night, making the assumption that he will be America’s 45th president.
John Kasich of Ohio said more and thus displayed more ignorance:“You know, I haven’t checked out the Constitution when it comes to naming mountain tops, but if I become president, I’m going to name it back to Mount McKinley,” Kasich said. “This is not something we (Ohioans) appreciate or agree with.”

When it comes to how Mt. McKinley got its name, however, Kasich demonstrated considerable ignorance.

As he understood it, said the governor, “a guy was out there climbing, he saw this big peak, and he wanted to celebrate the achievements of President McKinley, so he named it Mount McKinley.”

The reality was that a prospector attached name to mountain when he learned that McKinley had won the 1896 Republican nomination. The 25th president had not yet been elected or served a day in office.
Trump pledges to reverse Obama’s mountain renaming

Comment:  For more on Denali, see Republicans Protest Denali Name Change and Ohioans Protest Denali Name Change.

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