Almost half a million people sign petition to rename Trump’s NY street to ‘Barack H. Obama Ave’

There’s a huge trolling effort underway thanks to a petition that was launched back in December.

The petition, created by Elizabeth Rowin, blew up this week when a tweet by @donaldmackenz30 went viral.

“Trump Fact: New Yorkers don’t like Trump,” the tweet read. “They have started a petition to request that the stretch of Fifth Avenue between 56th and 59th be renamed President Barack H. Obama Avenue. If it gets the green light, Trump Tower will have a new address. Poetic justice or what…?”

According to Rowin, the idea was inspired by the city of Los Angeles’s recent decision to rename a stretch of freeway after Obama.

“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,” Rowin wrote in the petition’s bio. “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.”

As of this writing, the petition has 424,083 signatures.

Speaking to CBS News, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said that renaming Fifth Avenue might not be such a great 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.”

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Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.