The press has found another reason to be angry at the Trump administration for not having enough of it. Michigan, which since 1898 prohibits the general use of motor vehicles.
"A motorcade on Mackinac Island? Pence's visit breaks a long tradition, "explained the New York Times .
The subtitle of the report adds, "The beloved Michigan resort has partially preserved its quaint atmosphere by keeping cars out for more than a century – until the vice president came to visit. "
Magazine went with this:" A motorcade on Michigan's Mackinac Island? Some call the ban on disrespectful vehicles by Vice President Mike Pence, disrespectful. "
" Pence had a motorcade. When Ford visited the car-free Mackinac Island, he traveled by horse-drawn sleigh, "states a September 22 headline Washington Post (1
Apparently, it was a slow news weekend.
Look, these headlines are not wrong per se.A motorcade on the island is unusual, but it is neither completely unprecedented, nor does it deserve anything Look at this shocking Headlines Visit Mackinac, who brought a Secret Service vehicle to the island in 1975. It's just that he did not use it and his security detail kept it out of sight. Second, it's true that Ford did not travel with as much security detail as Pence, who is the first incumbent vice president to visit the island, and much has changed in the world of federal security, namely two assassinations of the president (one against Ford himself and the same year he visited Island!) And the 9/11 attacks Remember: In the newsrooms where the difference between Ford and Pence comes from Above, the fact that during the same year he visited the island, Ford was almost murdered, either omits or bans exemptions explicitly for "public safety" and "public service" vehicles, among which certainly a motorcade of the White House is located. Paragraphs 66 to 64 of the regulation states that:
The following motor vehicles are excluded from restricted use and are authorized only in accordance with the listed uses:
Public safety vehicles are not subject to any restrictions of use as long as they are used in the normal public service transport service.
Public utility vehicles for the provision, maintenance and repair of basic public facilities such as electricity, water, sewerage and telephone, as well as the maintenance and repair of roads.
Commercial vehicles, when operated as a means of transporting goods and property and only on the property of the commercial vehicle owner. In cases where such a vehicle has to cross a public road to access a property of another owner, this crossing must be at the point of minimum distance between the parcels and at a speed sufficient only to sustain a forward movement , There must be no overrun of land that has property other than that of the car owner. In the transition from one packet to another that is not contiguous, no public traffic may be used to bypass another packet belonging to another.
Golf Cart when used for golf. The authorized use of a golf cart is only the use owned, operated and maintained by the owner of a public or private golf course and provided only to guests, customers or other persons who actually play golf.
Lawn tractors / lawn mowers when used for the care and maintenance of yards and land.
Did Mike Pence take a huge eight-car motorcade to a picturesque, idyllic island where cars have been banned since the 19th century? He really did. Is it unprecedented? I suppose that. Did the vice-president violate the regulations of the city? It does not look that way. Has he at least violated his longstanding traditions? Yes, it seems so.
Good story, all together. They really nailed him.
Given the events between the Trump-Ukraine Biden controversy and the climate change protests, this motorcade incident may not seem to be optimally utilizing our time and attention. If anything, the story is useful only insofar as it is another data point that highlights the fact that federal security details and requirements have risen sharply over the past 44 years. In fact, this seems to be a story worth exploring and far more interesting than this pence mini-controversy.