On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence told the openly gay Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, that he and his partner Matt Barrett, would be ‘welcome’ in the home he shares with “Mother” if he decides to visit the U.S. next year.
The rather stunning invite was reported by Varadkar after his private breakfast meeting with the notoriously homophobic Pence. Not quite as shocking, the Irish P.M. brought up gay and women’s rights, as well.
“I did privately get to speak to them about equality bout my support for equal rights for women and the LGBT community in American and Ireland. They were very well briefed. They knew about my personal story, that my partner was living in Chicago and they said that both Matt and I would be very welcome to visit their home in the future.” Varadkar stated this was, “a very nice gesture.”
On Thursday, Varadkar met with Trump for a fairly typical (i.e. batshit crazy and self-serving) state visit.
Varadkar had this to say prior to his confab with Trump, “We’ve always seen America as a beacon of freedom. This is the land of the free, the home of the brave, this is where the gay rights movement began,” Varadkar said at the SXSW festival last weekend.
But then he added, “It’s really tough to see a country built on freedom, built on individual freedom, not being a world leader in that space anymore. I think the majority of American people would agree with what I have to say, even if the administration doesn’t.”
PRETTY ACCURATE, right? Lawd, if Ireland ends up becoming the leader of the worldwide revolution in queer rights, then you can color us shocked. (Or green, if that means that every Pride festival must henceforth fall on St. Patrick’s Day.)
However, Varadkar then met with Trump one-on-one to discuss, according to the President, trade, border walls, military, and “cyber.” Uh, cyber what? Cyber espionage? Cyber currency? Cyber sex? Did Trump just spend the whole meeting complaining that Putin won’t have cyber sex with him anymore?
Trump, of course, didn’t take long to make the meeting about himself, declaring, “A tremendous number of Irish are living in New York, where I grew up,” as if that had anything to do with border walls and cyber anything.