Vice President Mike Pence faced calls to cancel his upcoming visit to Ireland after he confirmed the official trip on Twitter Thursday.
Pence tweeted that he plans to celebrate his Irish roots during the two-day stay (Sept. 6 and 7) in the Emerald Isle with second lady Karen Pence, after trips to Iceland and England.
Some Twitter users declared Pence was “not welcome” in the country, from where his grandfather Richard Michael Cawley immigrated to the U.S. (via Ellis Island) in 1923.
“Sadly for you, a large number of us here in Ireland are mortified that a right wing, homophobic supporter of keeping children in cages like you has Irish roots. You certainly won’t be celebrated,” wrote one user in response.
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“Celebrate & respect your Irish migrant roots by ending the cruelty & racism of your regime,” added another. President Donald Trump faced similar online protests when his visit to Ireland was announced in 2018.