Even before losing his bid for a second term and amplifying lies that resulted in a deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol in hopes of overturning the 2020 election, former President Donald Trump was a historically unpopular President.
He lost the popular vote in 2016 by millions of votes, only ascending to victory thanks to the electoral college. Over the course of his term, Trump's average approval rating never rose above 50 percent. In 2020, he once again lost the popular vote by millions, along with the electoral college vote.
Nevertheless, Trump's supporters still continue to enshrine him as a political hero of the right.
Now, two lawmakers in Ohio—which Trump won in 2020—are looking to honor the former President with a statewide holiday.
Republican State Representatives Reggie Stoltzfus and Jon Cross proposed legislation making June 14 "President Donald J. Trump Day."
State Reps. Reggie Stoltzfus and Jon Cross are looking for co-sponsors for a resolution declaring June 14 "Presiden… https://t.co/sFsIjOh5Xe— Andrew Tobias (@Andrew Tobias)1611940659.0
The pair wrote in a memo to their colleagues:
"Let's show the 3,154,834 Ohio voters (a record and historic number of votes received for President in Ohio) who cast their ballot to re-elect Donald J. Trump that we as a legislature recognize the accomplishments of his administration and that the Ohio House believes it is imperative we set aside a day to celebrate one of the greatest presidents in American history."
In addition to being Trump's birthday, June 14 is also Flag Day, which celebrates the adoption of the first American flag on June 14, 1777.
While Trump's supporters would likely embrace the idea, his critics thought it was absurd.
Dear God. How stupid can they be https://t.co/ZqH00SgQAH— louigard (@louigard)1612210806.0
People have lost their minds! https://t.co/3n8KZL33LO— Emma Rivera@EmmaRiv2 (@Emma Rivera@EmmaRiv2)1612209546.0
Idolatry. Something God really gets mad at. Check out the 10 Commandments. https://t.co/HJlW0KwPJp— Anne Gajerski - Cauley (@Anne Gajerski - Cauley)1612209447.0
Trump incited violence on our Capital and Republicans want to honor him. Time to register for another party.… https://t.co/KELBrGNTDW— CountryGirl (@CountryGirl)1612209334.0
People are weird https://t.co/78TtGgS6IJ— Ryan Strug (@Ryan Strug)1612209075.0
Some thought of other days to "honor" the former President's legacy.
@thehill april 1st is perfect— Christopher Fleming (@Christopher Fleming)1612210151.0
@thehill January 6 insurrection day?— Dr. Lucy Doodle (@Dr. Lucy Doodle)1612207959.0
@thehill Should be January 13th! Call it Impeachment Day! Everyone will know who it was named after!— Jeff Burke (@Jeff Burke)1612208708.0
@thehill November 31st sounds fine to me— King of Sorrow (@King of Sorrow)1612207796.0
Trump's presidency was, however, historic. He became the first President ever to be impeached more than once during his term. With 10 House Republicans voting in favor of his impeachment, Trump holds the distinction of spurring the most bipartisan presidential impeachment in American history.