Wednesday 7 December 2016

Comment: If you're a racist or homophobe you're all right with us - as long as you have some Irish blood in you

Published 15/11/2016 | 02:30

'The Taoiseach pivoted from decrying Mr Trump’s comments as racist to rationalising those racist remarks as made “in the heat of battle”, he is quickly adjusting to this new reality.' Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
'The Taoiseach pivoted from decrying Mr Trump’s comments as racist to rationalising those racist remarks as made “in the heat of battle”, he is quickly adjusting to this new reality.' Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Ancestry obviously trumps ethics for some in Ireland as an unseemly rush to brown-nose the odious new American administration begins in earnest.

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Donald Trump is the American president-elect, a horrifying reality the Irish government must accept, even if it doesn't like it very much. Given how swiftly the Taoiseach pivoted from decrying Mr Trump's comments as racist to rationalising those racist remarks as made "in the heat of battle", he is quickly adjusting to this new reality.

However, the rest of us can be more circumspect. We don't have to pretend the last 18 months of rancid campaigning never took place. We don't have to forget the racism, the xenophobia and the misogyny that Mr Trump and his acolytes whipped up in order to win the presidency.

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