By Joel Connelly
“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.
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.
Comment: For more on Denali, see Republicans Protest Denali Name Change and Ohioans Protest Denali Name Change.