U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has a penchant for doling out interesting and unconventional names for new warships, but a petition currently on the White House website wants the next major warship to be named something that may be too outlandish even for him.
The petition suggests that the next major vessel be christened “USS The Deplorables,” as the petition notes, “to honor those citizens who rose up to defend America and the Constitution from the globalists.”
The name was chosen from the Hillary remark, in which she called half of his supporters deplorable.
“You know, just to be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” Clinton said at a rally in September. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And, unfortunately, there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”
This comment insulted many of his supporters, who became very angry.
The petition, which was started by someone with the initials D.S., has so far only garnered 768 votes since being launched on December 4, 2016 – 99,232 short of the 100,000 needed by January 3, 2017, to receive an official response from the White House.
While “USS The Deplorables” may not be cruising through open waters anytime soon, it is not unprecedented for a U.S. Navy ship to be named after someone other than a famous naval officer, president or war hero.
Hey I think “Deplorable”, sends a message, that “We the People”, won’t stand for the corruption and lawlessness anymore.
Controversy over what to name American naval vessels goes back to the earliest days of the United States. George Washington wanted the names of the Navy’s first six ships to be inspired by the Constitution.
The first five were, but the nation’s first Navy secretary, Benjamin Stoddert, arbitrarily named the sixth the USS Chesapeake.