ANOTHER BOGUS SCANDAL: Fake News Media Hysterical About Pence’s Michigan Visit to Mackinac Island

If you have been on Twitter in the past 24 hours, you would have thought that Vice President Mike Pence marched up to the state of Michigan and dropped an atomic bomb.

Pence, who was in the uppermost part of the state for the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, a biennial gathering held at Mackinac Island’s historic Grand Hotel.

Over the years it has hosted members of congress, dignitaries, and even two presidents in recent memory. As a native Michigander who has visited the island every summer of my childhood and most of my adult life, I am fully aware of the beauty and tradition of the secluded getaway that produces some of the best fudge known to man and the most picturesque views in the United States. For over 100 years, Mackinac Island has outlawed the use of motor vehicles. You can get around via bicycle, horse drawn carriage, or on your own two feet. It’s part of the charm and return to a different time that draws so many to Mackinac each summer.


Victorian cottages, quaint bed and breakfast joints, summer resorts. Hiking trails, a decommissioned fort from the 1800’s. Mackinac Island is like stepping back in time. If you remember the film Somewhere In Time, starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, it was filmed on the island and in The Grand Hotel.

Progressives and mainstream media hacks are fixated on the fact that Vice President Pence utilized a motorcade to get from the ferry to The Grand Hotel for his speaking appearance at the Mackinac Island Leadership Conference. How could he do this? He violated tradition and raped Mackinac Island! As usual, the truth is far from the deranged fake news meltdown.

Emergency vehicles, including those that can be used by law enforcement and first responders, are stationed on the island. I have witnessed them in use after a few nasty bicycle accidents down the very steep hill just outside The Grand Hotel, which heads towards the marina and historic downtown area. Time Magazine has even admitted that you are able to obtain a special permit for vehicle use, further debunking the idea that Vice President Pence brought the first motor vehicle on the island in more than 100 years.

The next claim? President Gerald Ford visited the island and traveled by horse drawn carriage. Bill Clinton visited once and didn’t use a car. Both claims are true. However, they don’t offer a relevant comparison to Pence’s visit. Neither Ford or Clinton faced the threats or hatred levied upon the Trump administration, including Vice President Pence. A horse drawn carriage in the hilly and winding journey from the marina or heavily wooded path from the island’s airport to The Grand Hotel would be impossible to secure.

Rashida Tlaib, a Southern Michigan Congresswoman who knows little about Mackinac Island or tradition, squealed that Pence’s motorcade made her stomach turn. I’m sorry Congresswoman, as a native Michigander who actually lived in Northern Michigan and has visited the island several dozen times for extended periods of time, YOU KNOW NOTHING. Of course you’d rather Vice President Pence travel in an exposed horse drawn carriage so you and your ilk could lob insults and worse at him. You make our stomachs turn.


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