It comes as no secret that millions of people in the U.S are terrified of what it means to have Donald Trump in charge of the country. It should also come as no shock that the rest of the world is feeling much the same way as Irish Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has no problem pointing out.
So who is this Irish Senator anyway?
The Senator is a member of the Irish Labour Party, the liberal party in Ireland. From his website, Aodhán states some of his views:
“I believe in a more tolerant, more equal, and more diverse Ireland. I am ambitious for our country and I want to continue to champion the ideas that I pursued as a Minister of State.”
“Crucially, I want to continue my work on drug policy reform. I believe that we must ensure that addicts are given respect and appropriate access to treatment. I fundamentally support the appropriate resourcing of the local and regional drugs task forces and believe that it is important that drug addiction is treated at a local level with local services.”
So he is very much along the same vein as many American liberal politicians.
Why does Ireland care?
As some may know, Donald Trump owns a golf course in Doonbeg, Ireland. In fact, thanks to his inflammatory remarks on the campaign trail several of the top organizations in golf released this statement:
“The PGA of America, PGA Tour, USGA and LPGA issued a joint statement which read: “In response to Mr. Trump’s comments about the golf industry ‘knowing he is right’ in regards to his recent statements about Mexican immigrants, we feel compelled to clarify that those remarks do not reflect the views of our organisations.”
“While the LPGA, PGA of America, PGA Tour, and USGA do not usually comment on Presidential politics, Mr. Trump’s comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf.”
Donald Trump has tried to exercise his authority over the Scottish attempting to have an off-shore wind farm removed because he thought it an eyesore from the view of his golf course there. But that isn’t necessarily why the Irish hate him.
Many in Ireland and around the world are completely disgusted in much the same way that many of us here in America are. His hatred toward immigrants, his unfounded bigotry, his rhetoric forcing Muslims to register, the list goes on. Donald Trump is an affront to all of humanity.
So when Irish Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin addresses the fascist elephant in the room on the Senate floor, you know there is a good reason. It is the same way most of us feel. And his words are powerful. Watch him give the world a piece of his mind in regards to this “fascist monster” we must all now fight against.