Virginia Democrats criticize House GOP proposal to rename Dulles airport after Trump

Northern Virginia Democrats slammed a new House GOP proposal to rename the Washington-area Dulles International Airport after former President Donald Trump.

At issue is a brief two-page proposal, introduced by Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.) on March 29 with half a dozen additional GOP co-sponsors, that would rename the facility the “Donald J. Trump International Airport.”

“Donald Trump is facing 91 felony charges. If Republicans want to name something after him, I’d suggest they find a federal prison,” Fairfax-area Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said in a statement to POLITICO.

He wasn’t alone in the criticism. Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) recalled the day Trump enacted his executive order barring entry to individuals from certain majority-Muslim countries in 2017 — and that lawmakers went to Dulles to press for legal representation for detainees.

“I also remember Republicans like those who just introduced legislation to rename that airport after Trump hiding and giving mealy mouthed responses when asked about the chaos and suffering Trump’s bigotry caused,” he said in a statement. “They know our airport will never be named after Trump, but that’s not the point — the point is to suck up to their Dear Leader.”

Asked if he had any response to the legislation, an aide to Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) replied: “lol.”

The airport, the closest with international flights to the Capitol, is currently named for influential former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, but is routinely derided by area travelers over its customer experience.