- The Washington Times - Friday, July 22, 2016

A popular Irish pub in Washington, D.C., hosted a “wake” Thursday night for the Republican Party, coinciding with Donald Trump’s formal acceptance of the GOP presidential nomination.

Organizers said the mock ceremony at the Dubliner, attended by former and current GOP Capitol Hill employees, was a traditional Irish wake to “toast the death of party,” WTOP Radio reported.

Photos of Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower, sat in front of a small coffin, with the Gipper’s favorite candy — jelly beans — available at the bar, WTOP reported.

Located a few blocks north of the U.S. Capitol, the 42-year-old pub is a favored watering hole for Hill staffers and lobbyists aligned with both parties. The bar has hosted events for Democrat Hillary Clinton and former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, according to Laura Brienza’s “Discovering Vintage Washington, D.C.

President Obama also famously celebrated St. Patrick’s Day there in 2012.

 


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