Republicans are criticizing President Barack Obama’s decision to rename the tallest mountain in the United States to Denali, after the peak bore the name of former Republican President William McKinley for more than a century.
The rebuke was particularly strong in Ohio, McKinley’s former home state.
House Speaker John Boehner, who has represented his Cincinnati-area district for more than 25 years, decried the decision in a statement.
“McKinley served our country with distinction during the Civil War as a member of the Army. He made a difference for his constituents and his state as a member of the House of Representatives and as Governor of the great state of Ohio. And he led this nation to prosperity and victory in the Spanish-American War as the 25th President of the United States,” the speaker said in a statement. “I’m deeply disappointed in this decision.”
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman unleashed a series of tweets following the announcement on Sunday evening, calling for Obama to properly honor the man whose time in the White House came to an abrupt end following his assassination in September 1901 at the hands of an anarchist in Buffalo, New York.
“The naming of the mountain has been a topic of discussion in Congress for many years,” Portman tweeted in part, writing that the administration’s decision to act “is yet another example of the President going around Congress.”
SOURCE: NICK GASS