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Former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, for the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. (Saul Loeb via AP, Pool)

An Arkansas lawmaker is pushing to remove the Clintons' names from Little Rock's airport


A Republican state lawmaker proposed a bill that would have the names of Arkansas' most well-known Democrats -- Bill and Hillary Clinton -- removed from Little Rock's airport. 

Although the bill doesn't directly mention the former president or former secretary of State directly, it certainly applies to them. The legislation would prohibit any public buildings or civil works from being named for anyone living or who served in a public office in the 10 years prior to the structure's completion, The Hill reports. 

The bill is to prevent any further embarrassment by the airport's name.
Sen. Jason Rapert

Sen. Jason Rapert, the author of the bill, did, however, mention former President Clinton while talking about the legislation. 

Rapert said pilots have complained about flying into Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, saying Arkansas shouldn't honor a former president who was impeached. 

Rapert added that other women have accused the former president, who also served as governor of Arkansas, of sexual harassment. He said no one should have to be reminded of that when traveling through the state's busiest airport. 

"How would you feel if you had to walk through that airport?" Rapert asked.

Although he is pushing to have the Clintons' names removed from the airport, he said a state wildlife center named after former Gov. Mike Huckabee should not be changed, but didn't offer any explanation.

Little Rock's Airport Commission renamed the complex in 2012 and acknowledged that the Clintons weren't perfect. However, they maintained that the couple had achieved accomplishments no other Arkansans had before. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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