Wednesday , March 07, 2018 - 8:50 PM
In this Feb. 6, 2018, photo, Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, is shown on the House floor at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Noel sponsored a bill to name a scenic highway after Donald Trump, but withdrew the proposal Wednesday. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker's proposal to rename a scenic highway after President Donald Trump has reached the end of the road.
Republican Rep. Mike Noel said Wednesday that he believes he had enough votes to pass the bill through Utah's GOP-dominated Legislature but he was worn out after receiving heavy criticism about the measure.
The move followed pushback from state Democrats, including a suggestion to name a ramp after porn star Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.
Noel said he wanted to honor Trump for downsizing two national monuments that were fiercely opposed by state leaders. But critics say it would be offensive to include Trump's name in the approximately 600-mile highway that connects a series of iconic national parks in southern Utah.
Trump's move infuriated environmentalists and Native American tribes.