Now that U.S President Barack Obama has announced the renaming of Alaska’s Mt. McKinley as "Denali," rightwingers and jokesters seem to have a lot to say about the decision, despite never having visited the historical landmark.
I've quite enjoyed the eagle-avi patriot freakout today about Obama doing what Alaska has wanted since at least 1975. #Denali— Gary Black (@FDNMfeatures) August 31, 2015
Denali meaning, “the high one” is a traditional name for the nation’s tallest peak used by the Native Americans.
Maybe Obama should change Mount St. Helens to Mount Bush, since it nearly destroyed everything in its wake. #Denali— Casey (@pari_passu) August 31, 2015
It was renamed in 1896 after Republican presidential nominee William McKinley, an Ohioan who became the 25th president before his assassination in 1901.
The former president reportedly never even visited Alaska — let alone the mountain — but the name was officially adopted by U.S. government in 1917.
Republicans outraged President Obama will rename mountain they've never heard of in a state they've never visited. #Denali— Blobert Ironside (@blobert) August 31, 2015
Sally Jewell, the Secretary of the Interior, made the name change back to Denali with an official order. This decision partially stems from Obama's efforts to strengthen relations with indigenous tribes.
The change received criticism from the Ohio congressional delegation, particularly the state's junior senator Rob Portman (R).
I'm disappointed with the Administration's decision to change the name of Mt. McKinley in Alaska (1/5)— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) August 31, 2015
Pres McKinley was a proud Ohioan, and the mountain was named after him, as a way to remember his rich legacy after his assassination (2/5)— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) August 31, 2015
I urge Admin 2 work w/ me 2 find alternative ways 2 preserve McKinley's legacy somewhere else in the natl park that once bore his name (5/5)— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) August 31, 2015
Um, here's a thought Senator Portman, why not preserve his name on something in Ohio? Why does an Alaskan peak which McKinley never visited or climbed need to bear his namesake?
Other Twitter users joined in on bashing the POTUS' decision.
So now that our highest point is named #Denali when will our lowest point be named after Obama?— soxfan4life (@hasherhater) August 31, 2015
Not quite sure what the real issue here is, but we do know that if an Obama decision didn't receive any right wing protest then we should worry.
We're willing to bet if they could find a justifiable reason to protest Obama blowing his nose, they would jump right on it.