In President Donald Trump’s world, the appropriate response to someone calling you “retarded” is apparently to threaten the obliteration of their country. This Tuesday, commentary emerged from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who claimed the Trump White House was “afflicted by mental retardation” after a new round of antagonistic sanctions targeting Iranian leaders. Trump has now responded to that statement on Twitter, completely dismissing the legitimacy of that Iranian leadership and essentially vowing to keep up his campaign of aggression.
He railed, in part:
‘Iran leadership doesn’t understand the words “nice” or “compassion,” they never have. Sadly, the thing they do understand is Strength and Power… The wonderful Iranian people are suffering, and for no reason at all. Their leadership spends all of its money on Terror, and little on anything else… Iran’s very ignorant and insulting statement, put out today, only shows that they do not understand reality. Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration.’
To be clear — Rouhani called Trump “retarded,” and now Trump is threatening to respond to Iranian provocation with “obliterating” force because he was “insulted.” By most any reasonable standard, the president of the United States should not be basing globally reverberating policy decisions on whether or not they feel “insulted.” Trump is posing a real and active danger to the lives of people in the U.S. and abroad.
He has threatened to essentially wipe Iran off the face of the earth before. On Twitter previously, he has said that any Iranian attack on an American interest would spark the “official end of Iran” thanks to the magnitude of the incoming U.S. military response. That scenario — which he touted not that long ago at all — would, of course, presumably threaten the lives of the Iranian people he’s supposedly so concerned about sticking up for.
Trump says that he already recently came close to leading a strike on Iran after they shot down a U.S. drone the country claims violated its airspace. He withdrew from those plans at supposedly close to the last minute after learning it could claim the lives of some 150 people on the ground, but Sen. Bernie Sanders provided a fitting response to that when he laughed at the suggestion Trump had made the “right” decision in calling off the strike and shared:
‘It’s like somebody setting a fire to a basket full of paper and then putting it out. He helped create the crisis and then he stopped the attacks.’
— Tommy Xtophernobyl (@tommyxtopher) June 23, 2019
Check out Twitter’s response to Trump threatening obliteration over getting his feelings hurt below…
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