Superstar Conor McGregor has hinted at a potential presidential run for the Republic of Ireland. His announcement comes after a stabbing attack that has prompted negative sentiment against migrants in the country.
Conor McGregor appears to tease presidential run in Ireland
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McGregor wrote on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, “I listen. I support. I adapt. I have no affiliation/bias/favoritism toward any party… I’d even put it all to vote. There’d be votes every week to make sure.”
He continued, “It would not be me in power as President, people of Ireland. It would be me and you.”
McGregor has toyed with the notion of running for the presidency. He describes himself as a “young, attractive, passionate” alternative who will bring “fresh skin in the game” of politics in Ireland.
The president of Ireland is elected directly by the people. The office holds similar powers to that of the American presidency, such as signing and vetoing laws. Separately, the Irish prime minister represents the majority party in parliament and assumes the role of introducing new legislation.
Elon Musk was quoted as saying McGregor, five-time world champ, would beat all competitors “single-handed” and described McGregor’s potential run for the presidency as “not even fair.”
McGregor replied, saying he would “fancy his chances” if he decided to run. He also promised “absolute transparency and consultation to the public” after saying, “Currently, there is none. Not an iota. False promises come around the time of election, and then it is literally straight ignorance into the face thereafter. It’s disgusting.”
He criticized the predominant parties in Ireland’s government, alleging their concentration on power struggles rather than genuine efforts for change. He contended that if a “power swap” were to occur today, the scenario would merely flip. He said, “The situation would simply reverse. The same question and requests and condemnations but only from the opposite side, then.”
Irish senators are taking steps to block McGregor’s possible run for office.
Senator Eileen Flynn, speaking to The Irish Sun on Friday, stated she wouldn’t even nominate McGregor to “wash the dishes.”
Other government officials joined in, echoing her statement.
McGregor responded to Flynn’s comment, remarking on X that Flynn should visit a dentist and suggested that she would be a good reason to reintroduce masks.