Friday 22 September 2017

President-elect is 'dangerous and a racist'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny had described Mr Trump’s views as racist and dangerous. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Taoiseach Enda Kenny had described Mr Trump’s views as racist and dangerous. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Government and Opposition figures described Donald Trump as "racist", "misogynistic " and "dangerous" prior to his election as US President.

Much of the criticism of the now President-elect surfaced ahead of his planned visit to Ireland in the summer as part of a trip to Europe.

Mr Trump had signalled his intention to visit the picturesque Co Clare resort of Doonbeg, where he owns a hotel and golf resort. But the trip was cancelled.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny had described Mr Trump's views as racist and dangerous. Nonetheless, he later said he would be willing to meet Mr Trump if he travelled to Doonbeg.

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Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar went further, labelling Mr Trump "misogynistic".

"I don't think there can be any doubt that many of the speeches he has made were racist and showed a misogynistic attitude to women," he said.

Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor added: "I think that it is totally unacceptable the way he talks about women. And what really disgusted me was the way he spoke about people with disability. It is reprehensible."

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal Alan Farrell, who was in the US for the election as an observer, described Mr Trump as a "nutcase".

And junior minister John Halligan also described Mr Trump as nuts.

He added: "I think he's homophobic. I think he's racist.

"I think he's extreme right wing. I think he's a clown. I think he's no knowledge of foreign affairs. And, he's dangerous."

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin also criticised remarks Mr Trump made during the recent campaign.

Irish Independent

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