‘We Don’t Want Him Here!’: Ireland Explodes In Anger After Trump Confirms Visit
The White House announced Friday that President Donald Trump will visit Ireland as part of a four-country tour after the U.S. midterms. But a warm Irish welcome will likely not be afforded to Trump when he visits the country in November.
Officials said Trump would visit the Emerald Isle to “renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations” as part of a European trip in which he’ll also visit France to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I.
After the announcement, the Ireland Green Party organized a Facebook event for a march to demonstrate that Trump and his “destructive politics of hate” are not welcome in the country.
As of Saturday evening, more than 4,000 people had RSVPed “yes” to the event, and more than 18,000 said they were “interested” in attending.
“Donald Trump’s administration champions policies that are destroying our planet, destabilising international order, and reaching new political depths by appealing to racism, misogyny, xenophobia and hatred,” the Facebook event reads.
The event page calls for the center-right Irish government to cancel the visit, and if they don’t, for Irish people to turn out in record numbers to protest.
“[Trump’s] policies do not reflect Irish people’s values – we need to show him and the world that this is not normal,” the event reads. “Decency, integrity and fact-based politics still exist and are worth defending.”
The #TrumpIsNotWelcomeInIreland hashtag trended on Twitter as hundreds of people explained exactly why they didn’t want POTUS setting foot on Irish soil and also proposed mass protests during his stay:
Trump is coming to Ireland in November. Must organise the welcoming party…. pic.twitter.com/kptL9Kie2Q
— Pauline Murphy (@RealPMurphy) August 31, 2018
No, No, No, No: Trump to visit Ireland in November.
I hope every woman, man and child is ready for mass protest. Make it the largest protest Ireland has ever seen. And say to to racism, misogyny and hate. pic.twitter.com/QNXdKMVh84
— John O'Brennan (@JohnOBrennan2) August 31, 2018
Trump is arriving in Ireland in November?
— Niall Hawthorne (@NiallHawthorne) August 31, 2018
Trump's coming to Ireland in November. We can't stand him and we don't want him here. Let the protest planning begin!! I know we've got something better than the #TrumpBaby up our sleeves 🇮🇪🇮🇪
— Miriam Kennedy (@Miriam_Kennedy) August 31, 2018
Oh, for heaven's sake. #Trump is coming to Ireland in November. I'll have to head to the shop tomorrow for some poster paints and start work on the placard.
— Philip Nolan (@philipnolan1) August 31, 2018
Hey UK, we're gonna need your Trump blimp soon. Thanks, Ireland 😐 #DonaldTrump
— maggie (@maggiecrowley_) August 31, 2018
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