President Donald Trump sent Twitter into a frenzy on Friday night as he delivered a familiar message to the people of Iran who are currently opposing their government through protests and other means.
“The noble people of Iran—who love America—deserve a government that’s more interested in helping them achieve their dreams than killing them for demanding respect. Instead of leading Iran toward ruin, its leaders should abandon terror and Make Iran Great Again!” Trump tweeted.
The noble people of Iran—who love America—deserve a government that's more interested in helping them achieve their dreams than killing them for demanding respect. Instead of leading Iran toward ruin, its leaders should abandon terror and Make Iran Great Again! https://t.co/RLjGsC5WLc
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2020
Trump’s tweet was seemingly in response to a previously tweet by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who dismissed Trump’s previous tweets in which he encouraged the people of Iran to continue to fight for a fair and just government. Trump has also heavily criticized Iran’s leadership and warned them repeatedly not to harm the protesters.
As expected, there was no shortage of both praise and negative reaction to Trump’s suggestion to Make Iran Great Again (MIGA).
“Guy who threatened to bomb 52 cultural sites in the middle of civilian population centers says what,” one user wrote.
“Okay Terrorist lover,” another Twitter user replied.
Another user slammed the president’s immigration policy, saying “If you love Iranians so much, why did you ban them from entering this country?“
In contrast, many of Trump’s supporters on the social networking platform offered their approval of Trump’s MIGA message.
“Our president is also our guiding star, leading us towards happiness. Each night he sprays a little MAGA on us to make sure we sleep well while he is guarding us like a faithful father or husband would. As he sits there by every American bedside, we feel calm. MAGA-calm,” one user wrote in response.
“We love you President Trump!!!” another cheerful supporter tweeted.
The protests in Iran kicked into full gear in the wake of news that Iran was responsible for the downing of a Boeing 737 Ukrainian airliner that ended in the loss of life of all 176 passengers and crew. Initially, the Iranian government blamed technical error for the crash, but bombshell video and reports soon emerged that it was actually an Iranian surface-to-air missile that brought the plane down.
The incident took place just hours after the country launched an attack on Al Asad air base in Iraq, where U.S. troops are stationed.
Iranian students have taken to the streets for weeks, shouting chants of “death to liars” and “death to the dictator,” a reference to Ayatollah Khamenei. Iranian law enforcement have clashed violently with the protesters on many occasions and have used tear gas, water cannons and live ammunition in some instances.