Miriam Lord, an Irish columnist recently stated that Vice President Mike Pence was treated as an “important guest” while he visited Ireland earlier this week, but adds that he did not act like one because of his uncalled-for comments about Brexit at the end of his trip.
Lord wrote the following in the Irish Times:
“Like pulling out all the stops for a much-anticipated visitor to your home and thinking it has been a great success until somebody discovers he shat on the new carpet in the spare room, the one you bought specially for him.”
Lord went on to write, “Pence, after all, is Irish American and wastes no opportunity to go misty-eyed about his love for the “Old Country” as he lards on his Mother Machree schtick on both sides of the Atlantic. He couldn’t praise Ireland enough on Tuesday – “deeply humbled” and “honoured” to be going to the hometown of his mother’s grandmother and so on.
“But, after he said all these nice things about the “Emerald Isle” and how much his boss Donald Trump – he sent his best wishes, by the way – appreciates us and all we do to help American security in Shannon, he delivered a very strong endorsement of Boris Johnson and Brexit.”
Pence and Donald Trump both support the U.K.’s Brexit vote to leave the European Union. While he was in Ireland Pence urged the country “to negotiate in good faith with Prime Minister [Boris] Johnson.”
Brexit is not a popular subject in Ireland, where such an exit has already created major issues, including issues with the border with Northern Ireland.
Many Irish journalists described Pence’s visit and comment as “awkward.” Irish Central asked in a headline: “Did VP Pence betray Ireland in his Brexit comments during Irish trip?” Another Irish newspaper accused Pence of making the Brexit statements to “humiliate” Ireland.
“The cheek of him coming here, eating our food, clogging up our roads and then having the nerve to humiliate his hosts,” Daniel McConnell a political editor stated.
“As Pence read from the autocue and Irish eyes definitely stopped smiling,” Lord wrote. “it was clear he was channeling His Master’s Voice. Trump is a fan of Brexit and Boris.”