Democrat Silence on Support for Iranian Protesters

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Iranian protester confronts a regime security officer. Why the Democrat silence on support for the anti-regime protesters? (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)
Iranian protester confronts a regime security officer. Why the Democrat silence on support for the anti-regime protesters? (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)

Days into the brave protests by Iranian citizens against their corrupt and brutal regime, Democrat airwaves were silent.

While protesters began calling out the lies of the Iranian regime over its handling of the downing of a Ukrainian Airlines commercial plane and demanding the resignation of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, until Monday, there were no words of support by high-ranking Democrats or any of the 2020 Democrat presidential contenders.

As journalist Yashar Ali, who is of Iranian decent, tweeted:

Instead, Dems were busy tweeting out their disapproval of President Trump’s hit on Iranian arch-terrorist Qasem Soleimani and sending condolences to the Iranian public – most of whom were celebrating the demise of such an evil influence on the world.

In contrast, President Trump’s tweet in Farsi in support of the Iranian protesters, garnered the most “likes” in the history of Persian Twitter, as noted by  Saeed Ghasseminejad, a senior adviser at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

The tweet read: “To the brave, long-suffering people of Iran: I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Administration will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage.”

The Democrats’ lack of support for the Iranian protesters did not go unnoticed by the president who retweeted the following meme (causing the likes of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, to fall into an apoplectic Islamophobia fit).

By Sunday and then on Monday, Democrat radio silence was feebly broken by Joe Biden and Amy Kloucher, respectively, the latter of whom tweeted out weak and vague words of support for the “right to peacefully protest in any country, including Iran.”

Biden mainly used the opportunity to take a dig at Trump and his “reckless policies (that) needlessly endangered our interests in the Middle East.”

While Iranians doing just that were being shot in the streets by the regime security forces, the rest of the 2020 Democrat political contenders remained silent.

It was a shameful response for members of a party which prides itself on being a champion of human rights.

In the meantime, House Minority Leader Republican Kevin McCarthy announced his plans to introduce a resolution in Congress in support of the Iranian protesters:



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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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