A post published on conservative radio host Laura Ingraham’s website, Lifezette, this week said that President William McKinley was “assassinated again” when President Obama decided to rename North America’s tallest peak.
Obama announced Sunday that he would change the name of Mt. McKinley to the Alaska Native name, Denali. A slew of Ohio Republicans, including Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich as well as House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) have expressed their disappointment in Obama’s decision.
The post carried the headline “McKinley Assassinated Again” and the subhead “Obama changes mountain’s name as erasure of our history continues.” It included a bad photoshop image of Obama crossing out a sign that read “Mt. McKinley (American Heritage)” with red spray paint.
Jon Conradi, Lifezette’s director of audience engagement, whose LinkedIn page also identifies him as a former communications director for the U.S. House as well as a Republican operative, wrote the post.
Here’s one excerpt:
But what did President William McKinley ever do to President Obama?
President McKinley was a Republican, of course, not ideal for making it into Obama’s good graces. The governor of Ohio-turned-president also raised protective tariffs on American goods, a policy quite antithetical to the current president’s quest to cede American sovereignty, and manufacturing jobs, to Pacific Rim nations through a misguided free-trade accord dubbed the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The forces of political correctness wish to return America to a blank slate from which they can color the canvass of the future with their progressive vision of society defined by sexuality, secularism, and government dependence. But first they need to get all that pesky history, and proud American heritage, out of the way. President McKinley is their latest victim.
The peak was named after McKinley during his first candidacy for the presidency in 1896 and was officially minted Mount McKinley by President Wilson in 1917 to memorialize the president and his historic administration. The president has found greater cause with politically correct forces who believe the peak’s moniker was offensive to Native Americans, who knew the summit as Denali.
Composite photo by TPM with images via LifeZette and AP.