Courtesy of The Irish Times:
In the speech delivered in the Seanad on November 10th, the former equality minister and now senator Mr Ó Riordáin described Mr Trump as a fascist and said he was “embarrassed” by the Irish Government’s reaction to the election result.
“I can’t believe the reaction from An Taoiseach and from the Government and I don’t use the word fascist lightly but what else would you call somebody who threatens to imprison his political opponents?
“The best we come out with is a phone call to say is it still okay to bring the shamrock”, he added, referring to a phone call Taoiseach Enda Kenny had with Mr Trump in the wake of his victory in which Mr Trump confirmed the annual St Patrick’s Day ceremony in the White House would continue.
This may have first come out on November 10th, but I did not see it until today.
And once I did I knew I had to share it here with all of you.
Mr Ó Riordáin makes an important point, and that is that pretending Donald Trump is anything other than an American version of a third world fascist dictator, while attempting to interact with him as if he is the slightest bit reasonable or driven by anything other than ego and the desire to control and dominate all that he sees, is a fool's game.
And a game which will blow up in our face and cause incalculable damage to our country.
And lest we forget this white nationalist movement is not just happening here in the United States, it is spreading throughout Europe as well, and many of their members are inspired by the successful election of one of their own to such an important and powerful position.
In the 1930's and 40's Americans knew what to do with megalomaniacs like this, we crushed them and dismantled their organizations.
Have we so soon forgotten what it was that first made us great in the eyes of the world?