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Utah Legislator Drops Bill to Name Highway After Donald Trump

Wolfgang Straudt
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Less than a week after proposing to name a scenic highway in Utah after Donald Trump, Utah Representative Mike Noel has pulled his bill from consideration.The Salt Lake Tribune reports that while Noel says he had enough votes to pass the bill, he dropped it on Wednesday after receiving violent backlash from the public. Reactions reportedly included hundreds of personal attacks and some death threats.


Navajo President Russell Begaye also said naming the bill after the President was “like rubbing salt into an open wound.” The Utah Governor called the legislation “premature,” and a Democratic congressman mocked the bill by proposing to name a frontage road after adult film star Stormy Daniels. She allegedly had an affair with the president.


Noel said he had not intended the bill to condone the things the president had done wrong. Instead, he said he hoped it would honor Trump’s support of public lands, and that the president has “done really wonderful things for Utah.”

Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.
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