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Nancy Pelosi ridiculed for 'cringe' St. Patrick's Day recitation of Bono poem supporting Ukraine

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was roasted on social media after she recited what many users said was a "cringe" poem written by U2's Bono.

What are the details?

Pelosi read the poem during the Friends of Ireland luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday as an apparent tribute to Ukraine's fight against Russian invaders.

“Oh St. Patrick, he drove out the snakes with his prayers, but that’s not all it takes,” Pelosi began. “With the smoke symbolizes an evil that arises and hides in your heart as it breaks, and the evil risen from the darkness that lives in some men, but in sorrow and fear, that’s when saints can appear. You drive out those old snakes once again, and they struggle for us to be free from the psycho in this human family.”

“Ireland’s sorrow and pain is now the Ukraine and St. Patrick’s name is now Zelenskyy,” she concluded after adding that Ireland native Bono — whose real name is Paul David Hewson — has "been a very Irish part of our lives."

Following the poem's conclusion, she proudly remarked, "How about that?"

What was the response?

Billy Gribbin, communications director for Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.), wrote, "This is a Saint Patrick’s day hate crime."

Radio host Gerry Callahan added, "It is even worse than you imagined. I can only assume Bono has already gone into hiding or checked into rehab."

Chuck Ross, reporter for the Washington Free Beacon, added, "I need a Guinness to wash down the cringe."

Commentator and Federalist publisher Ben Domenech wrote, "Is this a prank? Did someone pretend to be Bono and sent her this?"

Author James Surowiecki — a former writer for the New Yorker — added, "It was somehow worse than I had imagined it would be, and I had imagined it would be pretty bad."

Liam Stack, reporter for the New York Times, responded, "Nancy Pelosi introducing this poem: 'Bono has been a very Irish part of our lives.' Extraordinary levels of Irish cringe. This poem brought the snakes back."

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