President Donald Trump was born, raised and spent most of his life in New York City. So one would think this native New Yorker would be popular with the locals.
Turns out, not so much.
The city overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton in 2016. At the state level, Trump garnered only 39 percent of the vote.
In 2012, the state threw over 63 percent support behind President Barack Obama. So when someone jokingly suggested renaming a section of 5th Avenue after the more popular President, New Yorkers decided it was not a bad idea.
The proposed section of 5th Avenue?
Between 56th and 57th Streets. For those unfamiliar with Manhattan, one prominent building sits at that location: Trump Tower.
What began as a joke soon became a petition.
petition to rename a portion of 5th Avenue after @BarackObama. guess which part. https://t.co/b8L1Wl0ewh— grAy[like.the.color] (@grAy[like.the.color])1565581001.0
Once the petition was over 50,000 signatures, the city council was reported to be considering the change. The signature count has since risen to 393,487 and still climbing every hour.
Trump Fact: New Yorkers don't like Trump. They have started a petition to request that the stretch of Fifth Avenu… https://t.co/uAffmunTal— Donaldo (@Donaldo)1565461924.0
@donaldmackenz30 And the thing is, Trump is so petty and small and weak that this will totally bother him. He can r… https://t.co/8XCWJPUh4s— 🥃 Mark Schilling 🧔🏻 (@🥃 Mark Schilling 🧔🏻)1565523343.0
@donaldmackenz30 @melbuns New Yorkers are aware of a long history of donnie's cons. They know all the things his su… https://t.co/4fijceiDNN— CuriousCheeze (@CuriousCheeze)1565536304.0
@donaldmackenz30 Born NY’r here. We despise the Trump family.— Gorilla Politics (@Gorilla Politics)1565533633.0
@donaldmackenz30 https://t.co/pxuFK4NW0i— MeeppsMarieison (@MeeppsMarieison)1565559300.0
Elizabeth Rowin who started the petition said:
"I honestly started it as a joke. I saw a comedian joke about how it would make Trump so mad if it was named after former President Obama and thought why not?"
Genius trolling. Sign the petition. https://t.co/l2A3wHRn7O— Andrew (@Andrew)1565621164.0
Where do I sign? https://t.co/8z5ezH41VY— Isak Blixen 🇺🇸🇪🇸🌹🆘 (@Isak Blixen 🇺🇸🇪🇸🌹🆘)1565634898.0
@donaldmackenz30 Any chance they can also strategically build a 200 ft bust of Hillary Clinton on the southeastern… https://t.co/cjEMTWKwwW— King Donald Joffrey Trump (@King Donald Joffrey Trump)1565573930.0
@AltSpaceForce1 @donaldmackenz30 @girlhenryrollns Literally first online petition I've ever signed.— Jenny Winker (@Jenny Winker)1565574624.0
However NYC requires an honoree be dead at least two years prior to having a street named after them. But Rowin is undeterred.
"I am sure the conditions can be changed, there are two streets in LA named after former President Obama. These laws are arbitrary and can be worked around."
There is, after all, a playground named for the very much alive Diana Ross and a section named for the Wu-Tang Clan.
@donaldmackenz30 Dear Gods of NYC’s Financial District: Please, please, pretty please with sugar and spice!— Cielo-Soule, the Lord of Bed Bug Manor (@Cielo-Soule, the Lord of Bed Bug Manor)1565612496.0
Trump Tower has recently witnessed a drastic drop in occupancy rates. Perhaps a change of address might help.
President Obama has yet to comment on the proposed honor.