The Mackinac Island in Michigan has been banned from cars for centuries. However, this did not prevent Vice President Mike Pence from bringing an eight-man motorcade to the historic community where, with few exceptions, vehicles are generally banned. Although residents can obtain a temporary permit for vehicles, in winter there are usually only exceptions for emergency vehicles and snowmobiles. In contrast, Pence's vehicles were probably the first time that a motorcade was on the island. This was quite a change from President Gerald Ford, who visited the island in 1975 and rode a horse-drawn carriage.
Many quickly went into social media to destroy Pence because he did not respect the island's traditions when he traveled to speak at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. Ron Fournier, a former chief of the Washington office for Associated Press and a native of Michigan, described the motorcade as " obscene ".
Rep. Also Rashida Tlaib from Michigan was stunned by the motorcade. I'm so incredulous that this was allowed to happen, "tweeted the freshman lawmaker Julia Pulver, an earlier candidate for the Senate, called the motorcade" a formidable transgression . "The Atlantic James Fallows said bringing a motorcade to the island was " an incredibly rough affair " "And he likened it to going with muddy boots into a Japanese tatami room or a Port-a-John to roll into a church and use it. "
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