Amid continuing calls for "unity" from their party, a number of House Democrats have authored a new bill that would explicitly deny "twice impeached presidents" from being eligible for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. The bill also would prohibit federal dollars from funding buildings that bear the names or commemorate the achievements of such former presidents.
Dubbed the "No Glory for Hate Act," Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX), Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), and a host of other Democrats are co-sponsoring the bill that, if enacted, would apply only to former President Donald Trump.
"[The Secretary of Defense is required to] not approve a determination of eligibility for interment or inurnment in Arlington National Cemetery made by the Secretary of the Army that permits the interment or inurnment in Arlington National Cemetery of any former President that has been twice impeached by the House of Representatives on or before the date of enactment of this Act," the bill reads.
The ban on federal funds going towards any commemoration of Trump would include all highways, parks, buildings, military posts, or streets.
The act would also strip Trump of "retirement, clerical assistants, and free mailing privileges," leaving him with Secret Service protection as the only benefit from his prior service as president.
The partisan bill is not likely to gain traction with lawmakers, but seeing their Democrat colleagues spend time and energy on such legislation could, some suggest, potentially dissuade Republicans from taking seriously President Biden and Democrat congressional leaders' call for urgent and unified action to "rescue" the American economy.