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What is it about Irish-Americans passing the buck for the Donald?

Declan Lynch


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Trump's new press secretary is called Kayleigh McEnany. Of course she is. From the start, the prevailing ethnic flavour of the Trump administration has been what we would in any other circumstances be pleased to describe as Irish-American.

Indeed even before it started in earnest there was Steve Bannon, who probably did more than any other individual to bring about this delinquent regime.

Bannon put a kind of an ideological shape on it, that of far-right nationalism. And of all the Irish-Americans who followed him down that track, he seems the most "Irish" in a certain way - he looks like some broken-down academic you'd find wandering unhappily through St Stephen's Green with a load of newspapers under his arm, waiting for Nesbitt's to open.