Whoops! Trump Dishonors the Irish on St.Patrick’s Day!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
President Trump has been quick to celebrate the day.  The problem is that he seems to have revealed just how ignorant he is about the day, and Irish heritage.
First, the White House released a video, attempting to portray Trump honoring Irish heritage.  The only problems were (1) that the music chosen was Amazing Grace, which was written by an Englishman, and (2) the song was performed by Scottish bagpipers.  Scotland has a long history of Irish bigotry.
Then there was Trump’s tweet.  He tweeted:
“Happy Lá Fheile Phadraig to all of my great Irish friends!”
Twitter was quick to point out that St. Patrick was himself an immigrant.  Trump also misspelled the words.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny came to visit Trump this week at the White House.  Vice President Pence greeted him, trying to be cute, with the phrase “Top of the morning.” 

That remark drew a quick reaction on social media.  “Literally just shouted ‘NOBODY SAYS THAT’ at the TV,” a journalist in Ireland tweeted. “I’ve literally only ever heard that said by Americans,” another person said.

Then at a luncheon, Trump demonstrated his familiarity with Irish proverb when he recited:

“As we stand together with our Irish friends, I’m reminded of an Irish proverb — and this is a good one, this is one I like, I’ve heard it for many, many years and I love it,” Trump said. “Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue, but never forget to remember those that have stuck by you.”

A White House spokeswoman told the Hill newspaper that the proverb was originally supplied in an email on March 8 by the State Department via the National Security Council “as building blocks in advance of this event.”  Immediately it was clear that Trump had not heard this for “many, many years.”  Once again, Trump lied unnecessarily.

In fact the origin of the quote is unclear.  Many attribute the quote to a poem by Nigerian poet Albashir Adam Alhassan includes a similar stanza.

Paul Ryan, and Irish American, joined in on the embarrassing gaffs.

Ryan introduced both Trump and Kenny at the luncheon, praising the United States’ relationship with Ireland and lauding the nation for “all she has given us.”

“Americans, especially American Irish, are always trying to endear ourselves to the Irish. Think about it. We went from a president who plays a lot of golf to a president who owns a lot of golf courses,” Ryan said. “That is about the closest thing you can get to royalty in Ireland.”

How offensive is that for Ryan to suggest that the only royalty in Ireland is on the golf courses.

Probably the most “appalling” Ryan offense came as he offered a toast, in honor of Ireland’s visit.  Ryan pulled out a pre-poured pint of Guinness beer from under the podium.

“To what our forefathers have started and our children will continue, may the light always shine upon them. Sláinte.”

Forget the offense that some might feel as a result of praise for drinking alcohol.  The really offensive moment for most Irishmen was the focus on what was the “despicable pint.” Anyone who has lived in or traveled to Ireland knows the law of the land: a dark, Irish beer should always be topped with a creamy, white, thick foam.

One person tweeted she would be “ashamed” to be seen holding that pint. It looked like a pint “you find in the smoking area at the end of the night, its owner stumbled home long ago,” said another.

Given the many missteps of Trump regarding the Irish, it seems obvious why Trump’s dedication of his golf course was the subject of a prank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Whoops! Trump Dishonors the Irish on St.Patrick’s Day!

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  1. Reblogged this on John Oliver Mason and commented:
    trump even fucks up a state visit from the Prime Minister of Ireland, something that’s supposed to be pleasurable for a head of state( although there might be some work to it). I’m A-SHAMED that this MORON is the commander in chief of our armed forces, the public face of the US of A to the world, the keeper of the nuclear codes.

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  2. Having visited Ireland as recently as October of last year, I can tell you the Irish were adamantly against Trump’s election. They thought he was a joke; we of course assured him that the American voting public would never elect him! 😦

    Hearing about this series of gaffes from Trump & Co. will reaffirm their dislike of #45. These anecdotes about the Irish Prime Minister’s visit remind me — yet again — of how similar Trump and Palin are: they don’t do their homework…and end up embarrassing us. We are already diminished in the eyes of the rest of the world because we elected this clown, but daily DJT makes things worse.

    P.S. Spiffy new format for your blog, Malia.

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  3. He has bullied Ireland and Scotland citizens as he has everyone else. He is a greedy pathetic hateful business boy. He just insulted Germany too today. He doesn’t care about anything or anyone but himself. His resignation cannot come quick enough.

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  4. Obviously these guys never saw half pints of Guinness settling behind the bar waiting to be topped off. No clue what goes on in our world.

    Surprised the liar didn’t use the “Godfather” line, Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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