Can’t a man just play a round of golf without protests in the capital over it?
Well, not if you’re President Trump.
Despite the unofficial nature of his visit, and not even setting foot in Dublin, the Irish capital saw a wave of protesters on Thursday over his presence on the island. Naturally, the oh-so-hilarious and not at all extra baby Trump balloon made an appearance, all in order to send one very clear, unmistakable message:
“We don’t particularly like you, President Trump.”
“‘I wanted him to be in no doubt it was from an Irishwoman and that this is how women in this country feel about him,’ said Laura Matthews from Co Wicklow. ‘We’re a small country but we’re not intimidated by him.’”
If it’s any consolation, I don’t think he particularly cares what Irish women think of him and he doesn’t strike me as particularly interested in trying to intimidate Ireland. But don’t let that stop you, by all means.
Of course, it wasn’t all smooth sailing on Trump’s part, either; upon his arrival, the president made some less than informed comments about the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, namely a vague suggestion that the two countries wanted a hard border:
“I think it’ll all work out very well for you, with your wall, your border. We have a border situation in the United States, and you have one over here.”
Well. . . That’s true, I guess, but it’s a very different border situation. To distill about 400 years of Irish history into a single sentence, Irish Catholics and Irish Protestants never really cared for each other -> violence -> Good Friday Agreement -> less violence, but only as long as there remains no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of. So, not really the kind of problem that’ll benefit from the same solutions as the US/Mexico border.
The Independent goes on to point out that Trump failed to suggest any concrete details about addressing the Irish border in the wake of Brexit. But. . . why should he? It’s not his border. British politicians have, after what feels like thirty years of Brexit negotiations, failed to say anything remotely informed or helpful about the border, and that’s their own freaking border.
Ah, sure, lads. You just can’t win with some people; might as well play a few holes.