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Anti-Trump Group Has a Petition Going to Rename Part of Fifth Avenue for Obama

Organization had been aiming for 100,000 signatures — now it's gone viral

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Trump Tower is a gleaming, iconic building in the middle of Manhattan.

It’s a sign of wealth and what humanity can build and create.

Yet this past Monday, Elizabeth Rowin, organizer of a new petition, told Newsweek in an interview that a campaign to have part of Fifth Avenue renamed first began as a joke last year.

“I honestly started it as a joke. I saw a comedian joke about how it would make Trump so mad if it [the street] was named after former President [Barack] Obama and thought, why not.”

If 100,000 signatures are required to get part of Fifth Avenue renamed for a former president as proposed, I suggest a second petition is necessary for the people who don’t want the name changed.

A third option, of course, would be to rename it after the current president — who has a connection to the address and lives there.

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A Moveon.org petition isn’t worth the paper it wasn’t written on, in my opinion. There is another law regarding how petitions are to be submitted and validated — and this petition doesn’t even come close. In other words, this move couldn’t be more childish.

Here’s how The Hill described it in its piece a few days ago: “More than 70,000 people have signed onto a petition that seeks to rename the portion of Fifth Avenue in front of the Trump Tower in Manhattan after former President Obama … [The online] petition … had racked up nearly 71,000 signatures on MoveOn.org as of Tuesday afternoon.”

The Hill also noted that the petition reads, in part: “We request the New York City Mayor and City Council do the same by renaming a block of Fifth Avenue after the former president whose many accomplishments include: saving our nation from the Great Recession; serving two completely scandal-free terms in office; and taking out Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind September 11th, which killed over 3,000 New Yorkers.”

Here’s a new update to the above: By Thursday afternoon this week, the petition had more than 302,000 signatures — plus a new mission calling for 325,000 signatures after the previous goal was surpassed, NBC News reported.

Liberal Democrats can do whatever they want, but their legacy and that of Obama will remain the same: They are, in my view, dividers and imposters who have not put America first.

I’m guessing that only a tiny percentage of those who actually live in New York City will support this move.

A version of this piece by Wayne Dupree originally appeared in The Political Insider; this article is used by permission.

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