Through a noxious concoction of recklessness, strategic ignorance, and a desire to distract from his ongoing impeachment, Donald Trump recently came dangerously close to fomenting a war between the United States and Iran. Now that tensions have cooled somewhat, he’s trying to push the narrative that he genuinely cares about the freedom of the Iranian people and supports their struggle against the theocratic regime of the Ayatollah.
Of course, it would be much easier to take this claim at face value if he hadn’t already carelessly flirted with starting a war that would have resulted in the deaths of countless Iranians. Trump cares little about other people and even less about freedom. One of his tweets over the weekend was written in Farsi and translated to “To the brave and suffering Iranian people: I have stood with you since the beginning of my presidency and my government will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely. Your courage is inspiring.”
Coming from Trump, it read like a bad joke, one which was made even worse by his decision today to retweet a racist photoshopped meme of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that was edited make them look like Iranians caricatures.
به مردم شجاع و رنج کشیده ایران: من از ابتدای دوره ریاست جمهوریم با شما ایستادهام و دولت من همچنان با شما خواهد ایستاد. ما اعتراضات شما را از نزدیک دنبال می کنیم. شجاعت شما الهام بخش است.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2020
Ivanka Trump ended up tweeting in support of her father’s tweet, sharing an article that stated that the president’s Farsi tweet was the “most like Persian tweet” in the history of Twitter. It’s just like the First Daughter to fawn all over her paternal monster for utterly petty or irrelevant things while ignoring the broader, more disastrous strokes of his White House. In this case, she celebrated an arbitrary accumulation of likes and retweets while sidestepping the fact that his incompetent leadership almost stumbled us facefirst into a massive armed conflict.
President Trump’s message in Farsi supporting Iranian protesters is the most liked Persian tweet in history of Twitter. https://t.co/Yicr9H7M1w
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) January 12, 2020
As John Haltiwanger of Business Insider pointed out though, Twitter is banned in Iran. In other words, it’s not impressive that Trump racked up a record Farsi tweet since Iranians can’t tweet at all, let alone in their native tongue.
Twitter is banned in Iran. https://t.co/z6WEe5zeB1
— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) January 13, 2020
As is expected at this point, Twitter swarmed the First Daughter with ruthless mockery.
And he is the most hated man in America, Ivanka. That cannot be overstated. Please help your Dad decide to resign. The election will be humiliating for him.
— Boston Judy (@BostonJudy3) January 13, 2020
He’s an American president and most of America did not like his tweet.
— LisaBethRules (@LisaRules) January 13, 2020