South Carolina lawmakers have proposed two opposing bills naming the interchange at Interstates 85 and 385 after President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama.
State Reps. Stewart Jones of Laurens and Jonathon Hill of Anderson introduced the first resolution on Jan. 22 asking the state Department of Transportation to designate the roadway the President Donald J. Trump Interchange.
The resolution states that Trump has fought “tirelessly to restore our American values and defeat the radical left” and that he has “kept his promises to improve the economy, build the wall, defund Planned Parenthood, cut ISIS off at the head and stop endless wars.”
The resolution also says Trump is “under constant attack by anti-American politicians and the fake news media” but has the “full support of countless South Carolinians and deserves to be honored.”
Democratic legislators responded by proposing a resolution of their own on Jan. 28 to name the interchange in honor of President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama.
State Reps. John King of Chester and Shedron Williams of Hampton co-sponsored the resolution, which states the Obamas “fought tirelessly to maintain and enhance American values during their time in the White House.”
It also references key legislation the former president signed into law, including the Hate Crimes Prevention Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Play Act to combat pay discrimination against women, and his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
Both proposals have been referred to the Committee on Invitations and Memorial Resolutions.
A change.org petition to stop legislators from naming the interchange after Trump began circulating on Monday, Feb. 3.
The Greenville NAACP is also protesting the resolution and said members will be meeting to organize a counteraction plan to stop the bill from passing.
“The NAACP is in the process of trying to find ways to bring together the racial divide in Greenville, and this action will surely not bring us together,” said the Rev. J.M. Flemming, who is president of the organization’s Greenville branch.