OHIO — Ohio Republican representatives Jon Cross and Reggie Stoltzfus sent an email to colleagues Friday asking for support to make June 14 “President Donald J. Trump Day.”
That’s the same day as Flag Day, which honors the adoption of the U.S. flag in 1777.
“Let’s show the 3,154,834 Ohio voters who cast their ballot to re-elect Donald J. Trump that we as a legislature recognize the accomplishments of his administration,” the pair wrote. They added the day will celebrate “one of the greatest presidents in American history.”
Although celebrating days in honor of presidents is normal, such as Ronald Regan Day on Feb. 6 which is honored by 40 states including Ohio, it’s not common to have a day in honor of a living president.
Former President Barack Obama is the only living president that came close to having a day named after him. In 2017, the Illinois legislature approved an unofficial holiday in honor of him on Aug. 4.
Trump hasn’t resided in the state before, but Ohio backed him in the 2016 and 2020 presidential election. Trump won the state with an 8-percent lead in 2020, which is the same result of the 2016 election. However, he was the first president since Richard Nixon to win Ohio, but lose the election.
A few Ohio Republican lawmakers even backed Trump‘s attempt to overturn the election. Representatives Jim Jordan, Bill Johnson, Bob Gibbs, Warren Davidson and Steve Chabot objected the certification of Arizona and Pennsylvania’s votes.
Cross and Stoltzfus haven’t made a public statement about the proposal, and as of Saturday, lawmakers haven’t publicly supported the effort.
Read the full email below.