Standing alongside Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at the Friends of Ireland luncheon in Washington, D.C., on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, Trump said that “as we stand together with our Irish friends” he was “reminded of that proverb” he’d heard “for many, many years and I love it.”
“Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue, but never forget to remember those that have stuck by you,” recited Trump. “We know that, politically speaking.”Nice burn, O'Rump!
Small problem (but only if you care about truth and facts). It's a poem written (or not?) by a Nigerian named Albashir Adam Alhassan -- who happens to be Muslim, to boot:
OK I've found trump's 'irish' proverb. pic.twitter.com/ZsWPUvqDDL— cólz (@colz) March 16, 2017
Well, he could have been one of those "black Irish."
Regardless of its origin, it doesn't appear to be in any way "Irish." Twitter had fun, of course:
"Irish Proverb" me hole. https://t.co/dWLregquCs— mark little (@marklittlenews) March 16, 2017
With all due respect to the president's reputation for scrupulously checking his sources, I don't think this is an Irish proverb. https://t.co/1EvGGMsE9r— The Irish For 🏌🐕 (@theirishfor) March 16, 2017
This is utter bollocks Trump— Planet Belfast (@Planet_Belfast) March 16, 2017
'Irish proverb' my arse https://t.co/kK4BEUbxHD
Trump's "favorite Irish proverb" is actually a poem written by a Nigerian... and that is why we need public arts funding😑— Hannah Weaver (@hannahweaver001) March 17, 2017
And our favorite:
I've got an Irish proverb for you Trump: An empty sack does not stand. https://t.co/GWfwdviBHv— John Maguire (@JMaguireCritic) March 16, 2017
BONUS: Steven Colbert offers his thoughts--