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Scientists Named a New Species After Donald Trump. It’s Not a Compliment

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Having an animal named after you would typically seem like a compliment as it, to a degree, immortalizes the person, ensuring their name carries on. One company won the right to name a newly discovered amphibian and chose to name it after President Donald Trump. However, the reasoning behind the decision isn’t flattering.

The newly discovered creature, found in Panama, is a limbless, blind amphibian that has a tendency to burrow its head into the ground. EnviroBuild, a British company that focuses on sustainable building materials, won the right to name the animal. They chose Trump for the namesake, resulting in the amphibian, a caecilian, being called demorphis donaldtrumpi.

EnviroBuild selected Trump as they related the head burrowing activity to Trump’s view on climate change.

“Realizing the similarities between the amazing but previously unknown creature and the leader of the free world we couldn’t resist buying the rights,” said Aiden Bell, EnviroBuild’s co-founder, according to a report by CNN.

The company, at a December 8 auction supporting the Rainforest Trust, paid $25,000 to secure the right to name the creature.

In a statement, Bell said, “As demorphis donaldtrumpi is an amphibian, it is particularly susceptible to the impacts of climate change and is therefore in danger of becoming extinct as a direct result of its namesake’s climate policies.”

Trump is known to be a skeptic in regards to climate change.

In a tweet in 2013, Trump wrote: “Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax.”

More recently, Trump dismissed the findings in the Fourth National Climate Assessment, a research report written by the US government focused on climate science.

The document, released in November, painted a dire picture, asserting, “Climate change creates new risks and exacerbates existing vulnerabilities in communities across the United States, presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth.”

“I don’t believe it,” said Trump, referring to the assessment.