Hillary Clinton went to North Ireland because she was appointed chancellor of Queen’s University, Belfast, a mostly ceremonial role.
Hillary said: “It’s my great privilege to become @QUBelfast’s 11th—and first female—chancellor. It’s a place I have great fondness for and have grown a strong relationship with over the years, and I’m proud to be an ambassador for its excellence.”
So Hillary thought she was going to get a hero’s welcome when she showed up, but that did not happen.
Instead, she was met with protesters who heckled her with chants of “pure evil.” Others shouted, “say it loud, say it clear, Clinton is not welcome here.”
Others were shouting, “War criminal.”
While the role of chancellor is mainly a ceremonial one, securing Mrs Clinton will be seen as a coup for Queen’s.
The chancellor often presides at graduation ceremonies and is also an ambassador for the university abroad.
Mrs Clinton will also act as an advisor to the vice-chancellor Prof Ian Greer and senior management.
The former Democratic presidential nominee previously received an honorary degree from Queen’s in 2018.
However, her connection to Northern Ireland stretches back over three decades.
She first visited Northern Ireland as First Lady in November 1995 with her husband, President Bill Clinton.
They spent a day meeting representatives from across the community and also switched on Belfast’s Christmas lights.
President Clinton was the first serving US president to visit Northern Ireland.
Since then, Mrs Clinton has been a regular visitor to the country.
Irishman screaming “pure evil” at Hillary today in Belfast pic.twitter.com/JhoeF3Ld0J— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 25, 2021