The president of the United States, Donald Trump, retweeted a false image that represents the best qualified leaders of Congress Democrats in traditional Muslim clothing in front of the Iranian flag, which generated criticism that he is encouraging Islamophobia.
- Donald Trump has previously criticized Democrats for questioning the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani
- The White House says the tweet was intended to show that Democrats “almost sided with terrorists”
- American Muslim groups say “there is no place” for intolerant memes
The manipulated photo shows the president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and the minority leader of the Senate Chuck Schumer in Muslim attire with the legend: “Corrupt Democrats do everything possible to help the Ayatollah rescue #NancyPelosiFakeNews” .
Tweet @ D0wn_Under Corrupt Democrats doing their best to go to the rescue of Ayatollah.
Trump, a Republican, has previously attacked Democrats for criticizing the selective killing of his administration of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, but his use of Muslim images as part of that effort has led to the rejection of Muslim defenders in the United States.
“The image is a hodgepodge of anti-Muslim tropes and outfits of many traditions, including some that are frequently used to stereotype and attack Muslims,” said Madihha Ahussain, special advisor to the Muslim Advocates nonprofit group, in a release.
“It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the President uses his massive Twitter platform to spread this kind of harmful, ignorant and anti-Muslim intolerance.”
Wa’el Alzayat, executive director of the American Muslim group Emgage Action, named for his mission to involve American Muslims, also criticized Trump’s decision to expand the manipulated photo of Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer.
“There is no place for that, regardless of political differences,” he said in an interview.
Schumer tweeted his own rejection of Trump and asked: “How low can you go?”
The image Trump retweeted on Monday had been circulating on the Internet for a few days.
The Twitter account Trump got it from has a history of tweets in English and Persian on Iranian issues, promoting pro-Trump content and criticizing US Democrats.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham defended Trump’s retweet of the image, and told Fox News on Monday that the tweet was intended to show that the Democrats “have been chattering Iranian conversation points and almost they side with the terrorists and those who tried to kill the Americans. ” .
General Soleimani died in an air attack at Baghdad International Airport. (AP: Iranian Supreme Leader Office, archive)
Tensions have skyrocketed since the US air raid earlier this month that killed General Soleimani, the chief general of Iran and the architect of his regional military activities.
Iran responded by firing ballistic missiles at US troops in Iraq, without hurting anyone, and accidentally shot down a Ukrainian plane near Tehran, killing all 176 on board.
Democrats have raised questions about the Trump administration’s justification for ordering the murder of Soleimani, warning of the resulting increased tensions with Iran.
But no Democrat has praised General Soleimani, and Mrs. Pelosi herself described him last week as a “terrible person” who “did bad things.”
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