When the Iranian people took to the streets, enraged by continued regime lies concerning the shootdown of the Ukrainian airliner, not to mention 40 years of oppression and tyranny, they received the good wishes of President Trump in a number of tweets in Farsi. Indeed, most Americans were inspired by their courage in the face of live fire from Iranian security forces.
However, that support does not seem to be coming from the Democrats and their supporters in the media. Indeed, most people on the left, who had previously blamed President Trump for allegedly trying to start World War III with the targeted killing of Gassim Soleimani, have become silent. The events taking place in the streets of Iranian cities do not fit the narrative.
The Washington Examiner noted this deafening silence. ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos interviewed Nancy Pelosi on the uprising taking place in Iran. Her response was, to say the least, bizarre.
“Well, the regime — the protesters are — are protesting, as I understand it, this brand of protesters, about the fact that that plane went down. And many students were on that plane. And these are largely students in the street.”
Stephanopoulos found the answer to be inadequate and pushed back at the Speaker’s dismissive attitude toward the protesters. Pelosi did not back down.
“Taking down this plane is a terrible, terrible tragedy. And they should be held accountable for letting commercial flights go at a time that was so, so dangerous,” Pelosi said. “But there are different reasons why people are in the street. Of course, we would love to see the aspirations of the people of Iran realized with a better situation there, but escalating the situation — unless we’ve exhausted every other remedy …”
Pelosi’s focusing solely on the shootdown of the Ukrainian airliner has raised quite a few eyebrows in both social media and the regular media. In fact, the Iranian protesters are calling for the resignation of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. They are also shouting that America and Israel are not the enemies of the Iranian people, but rather the theocratic regime is.
Iranian born journalist Yashar Ali noted in a long Twitter thread that while the shootdown of the Ukrainian airliner was the spark that brought Iranians into the streets, their grievances are much deeper than that.
Ali noted that the protesters are denouncing Soleimani as a mass murderer, something that goes contrary to the narrative being put out by the Democrats and their supporters in the media. They are ripping posters of the Al Quds commander from walls. In short, his death was not the equivalent of the deaths of Princess Diana or Elvis, as an MSNBC talking head once suggested.
Ali tweeted a condemnation of American liberals. “I’ve gone through some of the most active and prominent liberal Twitter accounts and none of them mentioned the Iran protests today. These same people were actively tweeting about wanting to avoid war and attacking Trump for his decision. What happened?”
Ali went on to suggest that the Iranian people are being used by President Trump’s domestic political opponents to blame him on the shootdown of the Ukrainian airliner. However, since the Iranian people are blaming the regime and not Trump, they no longer are useful for advancing the narrative they want. Hence, the silence on the part of most and the weird condescension on the part of Pelosi.
Fox News’ Greg Jarrett went further in his analysis of Pelosi’s statement on ABC News. He noted that the Iranian regime, led by Soleimani, mowed down at least 1500 of its own people during protests that had taken place in the Fall, suggesting that the Iranian people are still angry about that slaughter.
“Her dismissal of the reasons behind the protests only gives a murderous radical regime more soundbites to use in their national propaganda. The damage that Pelosi has caused by making such a stupid and uninformed statement, and making it as the leader of the Congress of the United States, is hard to calculate and is not reversible.”
Hot Air, noting that Pelosi had touted the “mourning” for Soleimani, which it says was stage-managed by the regime, has the conclusion that fits Pelosi and, by extension, the Democrats and their enablers in the media.
“By embracing the anti-US protests and denigrating the anti-regime protests, Pelosi exposed herself as incoherent at best … and totally Trump-obsessed as well.”