'Disgusting': Tlaib 'In Such Disbelief' Pence Brought 8-Vehicle Motorcade to Michigan Island Where Cars Are Banned

Michigan Democratic congresswoman Rashida Tlaib expressed her "disbelief" on Sunday after Vice President Mike Pence brought an eight-car motorcade to Mackinac Island in her home state despite the island's vehicle ban.

"Disgusting. I am in such disbelief that this was allowed to happen," Tlaib tweeted on Sunday, alongside a video of the incident. "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."

Pence prompted criticism after he travelled through Michigan's Mackinac Island on Saturday in a multiple-vehicle motorcade. Detroit Free Press' Paul Egan shared a video of the vice president passing through the city to Twitter yesterday. Pence was in the area to attend the Michigan Republican Leadership Conference.

The island's motorized vehicles ban started being enforced roughly around the 1900s, when the area became a tourist destination, according to the Star Tribune, however the island allows exceptions for police, construction and emergency cars, among others.

Former president Gerald Ford and then-first lady Betty Ford visited the island in 1975 in a horse-drawn carriage, according to the Detroit Free Press. Pence's visit this weekend marked the first-ever motorcade to travel through the city, which has a population of around 500 people.

Although it is a custom for world leaders and vice presidents to travel with heavy security measures and armored vehicles, Pence's visit drew criticism from various local Democratic political figures.

"For those not from MI, you should understand what a huge transgression this is," former state Senate candidate Julia Pulver tweeted, alongside a video of the motorcade. "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."

Former Michigan Democratic Party chairman Mark Brewer echoed Pulver's sentiments. "Ridiculous, unnecessary Mackinac Island @VP Pence motorcade which is disrespectful of Mackinac traditions," he tweeted.

Former Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren also expressed confusion apparently as to how the motorcade got on the island. "A motorcade on Mackinac Island????????!!!!!! How can that be? Google Mackinac Island," she tweeted.

However, some social media users recognized that the motorcade might be necessary to prevent "security issues."

"Being from Michigan, the idea of cars on Mackinac Island makes me wince," Associated Press journalist Alicia Rancilio tweeted. "But, I do recognize security issues like this may require them. Is there another way? Thoughts?"

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) speaks during a press conference preceding a House Oversight and Reform subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill on July 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. Tlaib expressed her frustrations on Sunday after Mike Pence brought a 8-vehicle motorcade to a Michigan island that has banned cars. Zach Gibson/Getty
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