Vice President Mike Pence announced he and his homophobic wife/mother Karen are planning a trip to Ireland next month to celebrate his family’s roots. Unfortunately, nobody there seems to want them.
Yesterday, Pence, whose grandfather immigrated from Ireland to the United States in 1923, tweeted:
Finally, on September 6-7 we will travel to Ireland, a country that is very near to my family’s heart, where we look forward to meeting with President @MichaelDHiggins, Taoiseach @LeoVaradkar, and Tánaiste @simoncoveney while celebrating my Irish roots!
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) August 15, 2019
The announcement has been met with overwhelming criticism and calls for the Pences to stay off the Emerald Island.
Celebrate & respect your Irish migrant roots by ending the cruelty & racism of your regime. pic.twitter.com/NiblhVFs3S
— Ruairí McKiernan (@ruairimckiernan) August 15, 2019
You’re not welcome
— stephen nolan (@stephennolan17) August 15, 2019
Sadly for you, a large number of us here in Ireland are mortified that a right wing, homophobic supporter of keeping children in cages like you has Irish roots. You certainly won’t be celebrated.
— Orla ???????? (@orlamac21) August 15, 2019
Irish roots are OK, yeah? But those who celebrate roots in Iran or Palestine or Yemen or Ethiopia are un-American?
— murdoch davis (@murdochdavis) August 15, 2019
Sorry we Irish don’t like racists. We have always stood up for the oppressed and always will. Trumps cronies are not welcome in Ireland
— marianne ryan (@marianneryan15) August 15, 2019
Oh, but it didn’t stop there…
We’re closed those days, maybe another time. ??
— Colin (@clewbay20) August 15, 2019
I’m Irish. We really don’t like you at all Michael.
— somechick (@sarahnolan72) August 15, 2019
We’ve moved. Don’t call.
— Allan (@ACaomhanach) August 16, 2019
Ireland knows that the Trump administration is corrupt.
— John McLaughlin (@je_mclaughlin) August 15, 2019
We are ashamed of your Irish roots
— BigRed (@BigRedBR) August 15, 2019
Shall we continue?
Ah we’re all out that evening. We can reschedule. We’ll give you a ring to rearrange
— Linda Ní hEideán?? (@LindaOkaythen) August 16, 2019
Stay. We’ll send your stuff.
— ? ? ? ? ? (@JerrickXavier) August 16, 2019
The US is not sending its best people.
— Eileen Andes (@OneoftheGracers) August 16, 2019
Please accept cead mile feck offs, you homophobic misogynistic racist slice of white pan. pic.twitter.com/AFPYMYd5yy
— ????? ?’????? (@artimusfoul) August 16, 2019
No thanks asshole, St Patrick got rid of all the snakes years ago. Don’t need any more here.
— Beatriz Beggs (@BeaInIreland) August 15, 2019
Earlier this year, Pence hosted a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast for Ireland’s openly gay Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner, Mike Barrett, during which Varadkar gave a speech where touched on the topic of sexual orientation.
“I stand here this morning as leader of my country,” he said, “flawed and human, but judged by my political actions and not by my sexual orientation or my skin tone or my gender or religious beliefs.”