Irish Senator Aodhan O'Riordain delivered a scathing speech on Nov. 10 in which he called President-elect Donald Trump a "fascist," and slammed the Irish government for reaching out to Trump (video below).
According to the Independent.ie, O'Riordain was speaking to Ireland's senate, the Seanad Eireann:
America has just elected a fascist, and the best thing that the good people in Ireland can do is to ring him up and ask him if it's OK to still bring the shamrock on Saint Patrick's Day? I am embarrassed by the reaction of the Irish government to what has happened in America. I can't believe the reaction from a Taoiseach [head of Ireland's government, Enda Kenny] and from the government.
And I don't use the term fascist lightly. What else would you call somebody who threatens to imprison his political opponents. What else would you call somebody who threatens to not allow people of a certain political faith into their country. What would you say, or how would you describe somebody who was threatening to deport 10 million people.
What would you say about somebody who says the media is rigged, the judiciary is rigged, the political system is rigged. And then he wins the election, and the best we can come out with is a phone call to say it still OK to bring the shamrock? I am appalled that a member of this house, a female member of this house, went on social media to congratulate this man.
O'Riordain praised German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her statement to Trump, which included conditions for working together, notes The New York Times:
Germany and America are connected by values of democracy, freedom and respect for the law and the dignity of man, independent of origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political views. I offer the next President of the United States close cooperation on the basis of these values.
Can the government not understand what’s happening? We are at an ugly international crossroads. What’s happening in Britain is appalling. What’s happening across Europe is appalling. It has echoes from the 1930s. And America, the most powerful country in the world, has just elected a fascist.