Former Rep. Ralph Regula (R-OH) told the Columbus Dispatch on Monday that Barack Obama’s decision to change the name of North America’s tallest mountain demonstrates that the President “thinks he is a dictator.”
Obama announced on Sunday that he planned to change Mt. McKinley’s name to its Alaska Native name, Denali, stripping it of the title honoring native Ohioan and former President William McKinley.
“He thinks he is a dictator and he can change the law,” Regula told the Dispatch. “The law is it’s Mt. McKinley and he can’t change a law by a flick of the pen. You want to change the Ohio River? You want to go around the country and start changing the names of these places because it is politically expedient?”
Regula, who represented the part of Ohio where former President William McKinley is from until 2009, said the President was trying to “make a big splash up” while visiting Alaska this week.
“This is just show business,” he told the Dispatch.