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.
— grAy[like.the.color] (@grayisthecolor) August 12, 2019
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.
New Yorkers don’t like Trump.
They have started a petition to request that the stretch of Fifth Avenue between 56th and 59th be renamed President Barack H. Obama Avenue.
If it gets the green light, Trump Tower will have a new address.
Poetic justice or what…?
— Donaldo (@donaldmackenz30) August 10, 2019
And the thing is, Trump is so petty and small and weak that this will totally bother him. He can refuse to change Trump Tower letterhead but all mail coming in, Google maps, GPS — all would say President Barack H. Obama Avenue.
— 🥃 Mark Schilling 🧔🏻 (@markjschilling) August 11, 2019
New Yorkers are aware of a long history of donnie’s cons. They know all the things his supporters ignore. pic.twitter.com/sHt38cxVXF
— CuriousCheeze (@CuriousCheeze) August 11, 2019
Born NY’r here. We despise the Trump family.
— Gorilla Politics (@NeverAgain_Now) August 11, 2019
— MeeppsMarie (@MEEPPSison) August 11, 2019
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 (@GrayAndrew) August 12, 2019
Where do I sign? https://t.co/8z5ezH41VY
— Isak Blixen 🇺🇸🇪🇸🌈 (@wndrlst4) August 12, 2019
Any chance they can also strategically build a 200 ft bust of Hillary Clinton on the southeastern tip of Central Park that faces in the direction of his penthouse? I’m pretty sure a GoFundMe would cover the costs with money to spare.
— King Donald Joffrey Trump (@realTrumpClone) August 12, 2019
Literally first online petition I’ve ever signed.
— Jenny Winker (@jennywinker) August 12, 2019
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.
Dear Gods of NYC’s Financial District:
Please, please, pretty please with sugar and spice!
— Cielo-Soule (@CieloSoule) August 12, 2019
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.