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.
“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.