Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone. On St. Patrick’s Day everyone is Irish, but apparently not everyone is up on old Irish Proverbs.
In a luncheon meeting with Irish PM (taoiseach) Enda Kenny, who has expressed criticism toward the Trump administration’s immigration policies, Donald Trump showed off his erudition and knowledge of Irish proverbs:
“As we stand together with our Irish friends, I’m reminded of that proverb — and this is a good one, this is one I like. I’ve heard it for many, many years and I love it. ‘Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue. But never forget to remember those that have stuck by you.’… We know that, politically speaking. A lot of us know that, we know it well. It’s a great phrase.”
It is a great phrase. But it’s not an Irish proverb.
It’s from a poem by Nigerian banker Albasheer Adam Alhassan, who wrote the poem over ten years ago in college. Internet people are smart and the poem was found on the PoemHunter website. This resulted in Twitter responses such as this hilariously succinct one:
“Irish proverb” me hole.
I’ve got an Irish proverb for you, Trump: A silent mouth is melodious.