Yet another White House petition is floating around the internet, this time in favor of naming an American warship the USS The Deplorables.
In what was -in all likelihood- a “kinda, not really” joke gone wrong, the petition has garnered
5,916 signatures as of mid-morning on Thursday, with 94,084 signatures left to go between now and January 3, 2017.
Created by an individual known only as “D.S.,” the alleged purpose of the petition is “To honor those citizens who rose up to defend America and The Constitution from the globalists”- a likely jab at failed presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, who lost the electoral college vote and has since largely faded from the public eye.
The proposed ship moniker is a nod to Clinton’s controversial remark during her campaign, referring to Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables.”
“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 in September. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic- you name it. And, unfortunately, there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”
While the term was originally coined as offensive, Trump supporters later made it their own and began marketing it as a badge of honor.
Naval Historical Foundation programs director David Winkler said he was puzzled by the request.
“My gut reaction when I heard about this was, ‘Would you like to be a sailor deployed on a ship called the USS The Deplorables?’” Winkler asked. “Do you think someone would really want to say, ‘Look at that ship out there- it’s deplorable?’”
Winkler went on to say that current Naval Secretary Ray Mabus would not likely be on board.
“There’s been some controversy in the past with names having some political undertones,” Winkler told Fox News. “Mabus is trying to reach out to different groups of people with his choices, but naming a ship ‘Deplorable’ is not the way to do that.”
In the unlikely event the name USS Deplorables passes muster, it would likely -and unfortunately- be one of the Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) currently on the production rosters, which have made bad press over the past year for being plagued with mechanical/structural issues that have caused excessive leaks and breakdowns.
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