Source: The Washington Post - Link
It’s just a bit ironic that a senator from a state created for exactly the same reason might take issue on this particular point.
Over the span of eight months from November 1889 to July 1890, the country added six new states: Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Washington, Wyoming and Rounds’s South Dakota. It was not preordained that the two Dakotas should enter as separate states, with a furious national debate emerging over the idea.
Maybe we should combine ND, SD, WY, and MT; combine NE, AK, and KS; split CA, NY, TX, and FL; and add DC and PR.