Trump Tower is the name of the President-elect’s New York City residence, but erroneously, it was renamed “Dump Tower” on Google Maps for a short duration. Trump has been using Trump Tower as his transition headquarters.
A sign of opposition to Trump’s presidency
The exact time when the name change took place is not clear, but according to a WPIX report, it was around 2 p.m. on Saturday when people started tweeting about it. A similar error took place when a second Manhattan location named the Trump International Hotel & Tower was also changed to “Dump” after several hours, reports the Huffington Post.
Both locations had been changed back by Sunday morning. A Google spokeswoman apologized for the mistake on company’s behalf, but did not provide any explanation for it.
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In an email sent to The Huffington Post on Sunday, she said, “Some inappropriate names were surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused. Our teams immediately took action and have fixed the issue.”
— CNN (@CNN) November 28, 2016
Over the past year or so, Trump’s new tower in downtown Vancouver has faced a lot of opposition due to the business tycoon’s controversial stances on various issues during his bid for the presidency. There is strong demand for the removal of Trump’s name from the building, and many people have even publicly asked for it, including Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, notes CBC News.
Trump Tower name change a “digital protest”
Vancouver-based political analyst Todd Hauptman believes that the Trump Tower’s name change is a “digital protest.”
Hauptman said, “It shows that people around the world and even at home here in Canada, we have very strong feelings about this president-elect.”
This incident of wrong naming will definitely get on Trump’s radar, the analyst told CBC News. Hauptman believes Trump is a really thin-skinned man who will definitely tweet something about the incident. He also says it wouldn’t be wrong to expect a variety of protests against the billionaire throughout his presidency. He added that protests will take place continuously and will come to a dead stop only when Trump “doesn’t do what he says he’s going to do.”
This name change amused many internet users who noticed the error.
“High five to the Google Maps genius who changed T***p Tower to its rightful name, Dump Tower,” tweeted @lesleyabravanel.
The President-elect hasn’t commented as yet on the short-lived name change.