A comment by US Vice President Mike Pence about Irish people on Twitter did not go down well
Chris O’Dowd was amongst those to respond to Donald Trump’s second-in-command.
On the week of our national holiday, Ireland is going to be the subject of a lot of praise and fawning comments from world dignitaries over the coming days.
On a night in which he was one of the special guests at the Ireland Funds dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, US vice president Mike Pence, whose grandfather hails from Sligo, sought to commend the “special kinship” between the Irish and the American people.
He repeated those sentiments on Twitter on Wednesday night and the reaction was interesting to say the least.
We may be separated by an ocean, but the American people have always been bound by kinship to the Irish people.
— Vice President Mike Pence Archived (@VP45) March 16, 2017
While Pence meant well, some of those who responded to him didn’t exactly agree with what he had to say, with actor Chris O’Dowd amongst many to bite back.
You're a snake. March 17th is anti-you, ya feckin eejit. 🇮🇪 https://t.co/KRdlOBaLeK
— chris o'dowd (@BigBoyler) March 16, 2017
Others, meanwhile, suggested that Pence might have been a little off the mark with the use of the word 'always' in his tweet in relation to the treatment of Irish immigrants in the US in the not-so-recent past.
uh, what? When the Irish first came here en masse they were feared and persecuted. It was thought that they wouldn't assimilate.
— Jeremy Greenfield (@jdgreenfield) March 16, 2017
A student of history you are not.
— Sean Gray (@graysquirrel7) March 16, 2017
.@VP My grandparents emmigrated from Ire. amid religious prosecution/terrorism/civ unrest. You've destroyed same opportunity for thousands.
— Conor McMahon (@ConorCMcMahon) March 16, 2017
More revisionist history from the inner circle. Are you kidding me? We segregated them. We dehumanized them. Read a history book.
— Miss Matched Shoes 👡👠 (@threejuniormnts) March 16, 2017
it's shocking how little you know about U.S. history.
— Dan/Kilgore Books & Comics (@kilgorebooks) March 16, 2017
do you understand what "kinship" means? Or "always" for that matter? Please learn the history of our immigrants. pic.twitter.com/LzlBX7KXr4
— Sheena Rice, MPA (she/her) (@sheenarice) March 16, 2017