- US Vice President Mike Pence traveled by motorcade on the historically car-free Mackinac Island in Michigan on Saturday. The incident was documented in a video taken and tweeted by the Detroit Free Press’s Paul Egan.
- Pence visited to speak with the Michigan Republican Leadership Conference, which has long been held on the island. He told the crowd he had visited Mackinac often while growing up and into adulthood, according to The Detroit News.
- Pence’s mode of transportation has been criticized as disrespectful. The Michigan native Julia Pulver tweeted, “For those not from MI, you should understand what a huge transgression this is.”
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As a well-known vacation spot in Michigan, Mackinac Island is known for its fudge, historical sites, and lack of cars.
On Saturday, though, US Vice President Mike Pence traveled through the island in a motorcade, igniting controversy.
You can see the line of cars in the below video, captured and tweeted out by Paul Egan of the Detroit Free Press:
Vice President Mike Pence leaves the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island Saturday in an eight-vehicle motorcade — the island’s first ever. pic.twitter.com/p0IgewX09K
— Paul Egan (@paulegan4) September 21, 2019
Many critics quickly condemned Pence’s mode of transportation as disrespectful.
“For those not from MI, you should understand what a huge transgression this is,” tweeted Julia Pulver, a Michigan native who unsuccessfully ran as a Democrat in the Michigan Senate in 2018.
Democratic US Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who is from Detroit, wrote:
Banned for a century people, and here comes the Trump Administration trampling all over it, like they do the U.S. Constitution.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) September 22, 2019
Pence was on Mackinac Island for the Michigan Republican Leadership Conference, long held there, and told the crowd he had visited Mackinac often while growing up and into adulthood, according to The Detroit News.
The ban on motorized vehicles on the island came around the 1900s when it was becoming a tourist destination, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune. Exceptions include construction and emergency vehicles, as well as police cars, the Star Tribune reported.
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment from Business Insider.