Government - Lawmaker Wants To Rename Trump Park For Heather Hayer
A New York state lawmaker is pushing to remove the name of Donald J. Trump from a state park and replace it with that of Heather Hayer, the woman who died last month in the neonazi violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"The renaming would acknowledge that its current designation does not reflect the goals of uplifting and unifying New Yorkers," said Assembly Member Nily Rozic. "Heather Heyer's life was taken away by white supremacists who have been emboldened ever since President Trump took office," added Ms. Rozic, a Democrat from Trump's native New York City borough of Queens.
The 32-year old Ms. Heyer was murdered on 12 August when a dimwitted and hate-filled nazi twunt named James Fields rammed his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of peaceful counter protesters who opposed the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, normally an open-minded and socially liberal college town. Fields was part of group that chose as its uniform white polo shirts and khaki pants - the favorite golf outfit of Donald Trump.
Trump was criticized for waiting two days to address the violence. After reading a condemnation with the enthusiasm of hostage in an orange jumpsuit reading his captor's ransom demands, Trump pulled a foul about-face the next day, going off script and claiming that "very fine people" were among the racist nazi scum.
The park itself is a sad, sad joke. Trump purchased the property for US$2 Million during the 1990s. But officials would not give him the permits to develop it into a golf course, so he donated it to the state for a park - claiming the property's value was $100 Million when he wrote it off on his federal income taxes. But a building on the tract is contaminated with asbestos, so the state has scrapped plans to turn it into a dog park and remains undeveloped and off-limits to New Yorkers.
This is not the first attempt to scrape Trump's name off of the land. Other lawmakers have tried to rename the park for Peter Salem, an African American Muslim soldier who served in the American Revolutionary War; for folk singer Pete Seeger; or for "Anybody but Trump".