While his bigotry and general uselessness have angered many over the years now he’s somehow managed to even offend normally polite Midwesterners, which is no mean feat.
Pence did so by visiting Mackinac Island in Michigan this past weekend for the Republican Leadership Conference.
The small island in Lake Huron is home to roughly 450 people and zero cars. In fact, cars are banned on the island with the exception of emergency and repair vehicles and have been since the 19th century. The locals like it this way and the several hundred Michiganders who call the island home travel by bicycle.
But Pence didn’t seem to care about the rule and showed up with a tradition-flaunting motorcade that consisted of a whopping eight black SUVs.
Vice President Mike Pence leaves the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island Saturday in an eight-vehicle motorcade — the island’s first ever. pic.twitter.com/p0IgewX09K— Paul Egan (@paulegan4) September 21, 2019
Politicians have visited the landmark island before and all of them appear to have respected the no car rule. According to Business Insider:
“Even Gerald Ford, the only president from Michigan, traveled by horse-drawn carriage when he visited Mackinac in 1975.”
Pence had a motorcade. But when Ford visited car-free Mackinac Island, he traveled by horse-cade. https://t.co/5l2WeeilWR— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 23, 2019
People were not pleased.
Cars have been banned on Mackinac Island since 1898. So what does idiot Pence do? Shows up in an EIGHT-vehicle motorcade.— Polly Sigh (@dcpoll) September 21, 2019
No one in Trump's administration has a damn bit of respect for anything. https://t.co/LRoe3ls7un
Another long-respected norm violated. Mackinac Island has never allowed cars. So naturally, the Trump/Pence Administration shits all over that. https://t.co/kaKwQXJfx7— Charles Gaba (@charles_gaba) September 21, 2019
As a native Michigander, this is yet another disgusting scandal.— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) September 23, 2019
Cars haven't been allowed on Mackinac since 1898 and no, Mike Pence is not an emergency vehicle.
Mike Pence takes first-ever motorcade on Michigan's Mackinac Island https://t.co/KPbuYrgBWd via @CBSPolitics
Pence and co. have gotten away with a lot but if you come for people’s Midwestern charm? You better watch it pal.
Mackinac Island is the perfect jewel in the perfect setting of Northern Michigan. Pence has fouled our paradise. If I didn't hate him before, I would definitely hate him now.— Kathy (@kathyinbluebell) September 22, 2019