We could soon have a state holiday to honor former President Donald Trump, after two Ohio Republicans proposed “President Donald Trump Day” to be held on June 14.
Reps. Jon Cross and Reggie Stoltzfus picked June 14 because that is Trump’s birthday. It is currently recognized nationally as Flag Day.
The two legislators proposed the bill and are now seeking cosponsors to “celebrate one of the greatest presidents in American history.”
“Let’s show the 3,154,834 Ohio voters who cast their ballot to re-elect Donald J. Trump that we as a legislature recognize the accomplishments of his administration,” they wrote in an email.
Via The Tatum Report:
Trump won the state in both the 2020 and 2016 presidential elections.
As of Sunday, neither legislator had made public comments about the proposal.
The proposal produced a buzz on Twitter.
Trump’s popularity was at low ebb after the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion, but since then his standing has rebounded, as shown by last week’s Senate vote in which 45 of the chamber’s 50 Republicans voted against holding Trump’s scheduled Senate impeachment trial.
“There is a level of support for this president more than during the election,” said Don Thrasher, chair of the Nelson County Republican Party in Kentucky, Politico reports.
Thrasher said that he’s “never seen anything like” this rebounding support for Trump.
Trump “can intervene in pretty much any state operation — or at least 90 percent of the states,” Thrasher added. “If he interjected himself in any of the state party elections, it would go in his favor … I know in Kentucky, if he called for the removal of the whole apparatus, we’d vote them out.”
One commentator said the depth and breadth of Trump’s support means that the Republican Party could not sever ties with him even if it wanted to.
“There are 74 million people who voted for him,” said strategist Charlie Gerow. “You’re not going to get a mass exodus … At the grassroots level, he’s very, very popular, and I think the party as a whole understands that in order to be a majority party, it’s going to have to include those Trump enthusiasts.”
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