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Pence’s 8-Car Motorcade Ignores Vehicle Ban On Michigan’s Mackinac Island, Angering Residents

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Pence’s 8-Car Motorcade Ignores Vehicle Ban On Michigan’s Mackinac Island, Angering Residents





Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib ripped into Vice President Mike Pence for traveling with an eight-car motorcade during his visit to an island in her home state where vehicles are banned.

“Disgusting. I am in such disbelief that this was allowed to happen,” the freshman representative tweeted.

“This Administration doesn’t care about the law (you know, the U.S. Constitution), so it shouldn’t surprise me so much that they don’t care about our history or traditions,” she added.



Pence visited the island, known for its vehicle ban that’s been in place since the late 19th century, to attend the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference this weekend.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the vice president’s motorcade is the first ever to arrive in the community, where residents generally commute by bike or snowmobile in colder weather.

The newspaper notes that residents can be granted a temporary vehicle permit in certain circumstances.

Former state Senate candidate Julia Pulver (D) tweeted a video of the vice president’s motorcade and wrote, “For those not from MI, you should understand what a huge transgression this is.”

“Our #MackinacIsland has been a car free haven forever, a piece of history frozen in time. Tell anyone from MI @VP just drove not 1 but 8 CARS on this island & watch their blood boil,” she continued.




Mark Brewer, who previously chaired the Michigan Democratic Party, shared a similar sentiment in a tweet earlier Saturday, writing, “Ridiculous, unnecessary Mackinac Island @VP Pence motorcade which is disrespectful of Mackinac traditions.”








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