Senator Shares Ridiculous Story About Trump Trying To Rename A Mountain To Spite Obama

Senator Shares Ridiculous Story About Trump Trying To Rename A Mountain To Spite Obama
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Updated 8 months ago

It's called the infinite monkey theorem. Given an infinite amount of time, a monkey sitting at a typewriter will eventually reproduce the complete works of Shakespeare, but perhaps no amount of time would be sufficient to reproduce the tales of our own infinite monkey, President Donald Trump.

One such tale has recently surfaced about a March meeting between President Trump, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, and Alaskan Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski. Sullivan, who spoke with Alaska Dispatch News, told them that during the meeting President Trump offered to reverse an executive action by President Obama, which changed Mt. McKinley to its native Alaskan name, Denali. 

Trump was not a fan of the decision in 2015 and believed it to be an insult to Ohio, President McKinley's home state. Trump offered no insight as to how native Alaskans might have felt about the original name change. He had never set foot in the state.

Sullivan described the meeting as covering a wide range of issues, including "our fisheries, whaling, the culture of whaling in Alaska, the economy, the military." Afterwards President Trump brought up Denali. 

"He looked at me and said, 'I heard that the big mountain in Alaska also had – also its name was changed by executive action. Do you want us to reverse that?'"

Sullivan and Murkoswi "jumped over the desk, we said, 'no! No. We don't want to reverse that." Sullivan explained to Trump that Denali was the original Athabascan name given to the mountain more than 10,000 years ago. Sullivan then mentioned that his wife is Athabascan and if "you change that name back now, she's going to be really, really mad."

Executive order or not, Alaskans seemed unfazed by what people outside the state try to call the mountain:

At 20,320 feet Denali is the highest mountain in North America. In 1896 the federal government renamed it in honor of President McKinley, but the state reverted back to calling it Denali in 1975. The reversion wasn't federally recognized however until President Obama's order, since Ohio representatives repeatedly introduced legislation to block the change.