Pence tweeted that he plans to celebrate his Irish roots during the two-day stay (Sept. 6 and 7) on the Emerald Isle with second lady Karen Pence, after trips to Iceland and England.
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
“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,” one Twitter user said.
“Celebrate & respect your Irish migrant roots by ending the cruelty & racism of your regime,” tweeted another. President Donald Trump faced similar online protests when his visit to Ireland was announced in 2018.
Celebrate & respect your Irish migrant roots by ending the cruelty & racism of your regime. pic.twitter.com/NiblhVFs3S— Ruairí McKiernan (@ruairimckiernan) August 15, 2019
Don’t let Pence in. Seriously. If our country goes down, the world will go down.— Be Bestest (@CoffeeBeBestest) August 15, 2019
Send a message.
You’re not welcome.— tweets by cian™ 🏳️🌈 (@CianOMahony) 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
Almost every American seems to have Irish roots, anyone would think America is a nation of immigrants https://t.co/VO3VCaRBoY— Wayne Smith Esq. #FBPE (@waynesmith1971) August 15, 2019
Hopefully you will go home with a little more tolerance for others— Shauna B-Money (@ShaunaBMoney) August 16, 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
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
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