Donald Trump, clearly no fan of Barack Obama, has spent much of his presidency trying to blow up his popular predecessor’s legacy.
That’s what makes this trolling effort so irresistible for almost 300,000 Obama supporters who have signed a Moveon.org petition to slap the former president’s name on the block of Fifth Avenue in New York City where you’ll find Trump Tower, home to the president’s gilded, three-story penthouse.
“The City of Los Angeles recently honored former President Barack Obama by renaming a stretch of the 134 Freeway near Downtown L.A. in his honor,” the petition’s creator Elizabeth Rowin wrote. “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.”
Rowin’s petition was launched back in December after she saw a comedian joke about the idea, but it really took off this week after this tweet went viral.
Rowin told CBS News that, of course, she didn’t think it would happen, though some city council members have said they would look into it.
“I think it would be fabulous. I think people feel kind of helpless right now, and it’s a way to troll him,” said Rowin, who lives in Los Angeles. “If he does hear about it, maybe it would slow him down and distract him.”
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson explained to CBS, however, that he isn’t convinced this would be the best idea. “The Obamas epitomize class, dedication to public service and respect for the Oval Office,” he said. “I’m pretty confident we can find a better way to honor the greatest president of my lifetime than by trolling the worst president of my lifetime.”