After a car hit a protester in East Wall on Wednesday night, there are calls for the politicians such as Leo Varadkar who smeared these concerned Irish citizens to be held to account for their role in inciting violence.
Earlier this month Taoiseach Leo Varadkar again insulted concerned Irish citizens in the Dáil on Wednesday, dismissing the grassroots movements that have sprung up in communities targeted for migrant plantations across the country as simply being “far right” and “racist”.
Varadkar told the Dáil:
“Racists and the far right will blame whatever problem the country is facing on migrants. That’s the way it works. That’s the way they think.
“If we have a housing crisis, it’ll be, ‘the foreigners are taking our homes’. If we have an unemployment crisis, it will be ‘the foreigners are taking our jobs’.
“If we’ve got high levels of crime, they’ll blame the foreigners for the high levels of crime.
“If there’s violence against women, one of the oldest tropes in the book, they will blame that on migrants and people who’ve come here from overseas, particularly those who are brown or black.
“We shouldn’t play into those arguments. I think inadvertently you’re actually doing that. “Whatever problem any country faces, they’re going to blame it on the brown man or the brand.
“It’s housing now, it could just as easily be unemployment, it could just as easily be crime.”
The fact that those organising these anti-plantation protests have stipulated time and again that the government’s failure is to blame for these issues and the government’s subsequent mass importation of tens of thousands of asylum seekers and refugees is only exacerbating these issues appears lost on Varadkar.
The Taoiseach appears to be either genuinely ignorant and incapable of grasping why these protests are taking place or purposefully misleading the Dáil and the public to smear Irish citizens.
The public will have to decide which is worse.
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