- The Washington Times - Monday, August 9, 2021

The governor of Utah is being accused of denying “basic human decency” — because of his name.

Gov. Spencer Cox, a Republican, needs to change his “obscene” name forthwith, according to a letter from a constituent that told him that “when people say your surname, it sounds like” an obscenity.

“Us decent people here in Utah will not stand for it. The honorable Republican party will not stand for it. Most importantly, I will not stand for it. Because of your reluctance to change your foul, dirty, and obscene surname myself and thousands of other Utahns will be sitting in protest, not standing until you change your heinous surname to something less offensive. This is a social justice issue and we will not be denied basic human decency!” the letter said.

Mr. Cox posted an image of the letter on Twitter without identifying the sender or including any information about him.

The letter-writer said that “if our simple request is not met we will assemble and do what democracy was made to do by recalling you from office because of your filthy surname. This is not a communist dictatorship. THIS IS THE GREAT STATE OF UTAH! We do not accept sick jokes to run rampant in our civil institutions.”

A bemused Mr. Cox responded by saying that he is “really grateful for the criticism and constructive feedback I get from constituents that demand I *checks notes* change my name?”

His response ended with the emojis for an embarrassed face and a facepalm.

Mr. Cox got some sympathy from at least one person with an equally offensive name.

“I feel this pain. Don’t give in,” responded Ken Bone.

Mr. Bone became an Internet meme a few years ago as the “red sweater guy” from one of the 2016 presidential debates.

• Victor Morton can be reached at vmorton@washingtontimes.com.

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