For over a century, Mackinac Island in Michigan has been car-free, with the exception of emergency vehicles.
Automobiles were outlawed from the island—which has fewer than 500 residents—in the late 19th century after complaints that the new technology was startling horses.
Since then, five Presidents on both sides of the aisle have visited the island and respected the ban, opting for bicycles or horse-drawn carriages instead.
So locals weren't too pleased when Vice President Mike Pence drove not one, not two, but eight vehicles through the island on his way to the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.
Vice President Mike Pence in an 8-vehicle motorcade on Mackinac Island, which has banned motorized vehicles for mor… https://t.co/mFx1xh9m8d— Detroit Free Press (@Detroit Free Press)1569101120.0
While some supporters of Pence and his boss, President Donald Trump, gathered on the side of the road to greet him, others—like Michigan Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib—let Pence know what they thought of his vehicles.
Banned for a century people, and here comes the Trump Administration trampling all over it, like they do the U.S. C… https://t.co/Umn8Tr1rIz— Rashida Tlaib (@Rashida Tlaib)1569157303.0
A motorcade on Mackinac Island????????!!!!!! How can that be? Google Mackinac Island... https://t.co/ix9v0BYU4K— Greta Van Susteren (@Greta Van Susteren)1569093334.0
If you want to lose Michigan, bring a motorcade onto Mackinac Island. https://t.co/SEhEtZKUiY— Rory Cooper (@Rory Cooper)1569154491.0
Grew up in Michigan - had some lovely times on Mackinac Island, and one of the reasons it’s a special, unique place… https://t.co/7QJ6mqNxoj— Charles Soule (@Charles Soule)1569159761.0
@freep How insulting! Mr Pence you are not above the law. Your motorcade is a symbol of all that is wrong with this administration.— Sue Kaufman (@Sue Kaufman)1569104369.0
I find this incredibly disrespectful. Mackinac Island is a special place because there are no cars and this guy had… https://t.co/HEoVOa6MSK— Heidi Social (@Heidi Social)1569154327.0
@paulegan4 If Pence can't travel without a motorcade, he shouldn't go to Mackinac Island.— Margaret Nielsen, PhD (@Margaret Nielsen, PhD)1569103598.0
Not a good look, Mike.
The book Piety & Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House by longtime Pence reporter Tom LoBianco is available here for an inside look at what makes Vice President Mike Pence tick.