Trump: “The missiles fired last night at us and our allies were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration.”
During his remarks, the president noted that “the missiles fired last night at us and our allies were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration.” Naturally, the media is outraged over this factual observation about the Obama administration.
Here are some of the headlines:
CNN: “Fact check: Trump repeats exaggeration about Obama and the Iran deal”
The Hill: “Trump rips Obama’s Iran policy in address to nation”
WaPo: “As Trump claims a win on Iran, he accuses Obama of funding its attacks”
Not content with this article, WaPo also has another one opining on “five takeaways from Trump’s garbled speech on Iran.” One of the five is, predictably, that “Trump is still obsessed with Barack Obama.”
MSNBC even trotted out Obama lackey Susan Rice to express her outrage: “Susan Rice: Trump’s ‘despicable lies’ about Obama show his ‘extreme weakness and insecurity’.”
President Trump turned to a familiar refrain in his speech on Iran today: inserting a shot at the Obama admin.
Susan Rice: "He remains obsessed with President Obama," and it shows "extreme weakness and insecurity." https://t.co/CcJ5u9eLFT
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 8, 2020
Susan Rice: “This is another series of despicable lies by President Trump. The fact that three years after taking office he remains obsessed with President Obama just shows President Trump’s extreme weakness and insecurity.” pic.twitter.com/POtl1E3niI
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 8, 2020
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who infamously gushed that he got a thrill up his leg when he heard Obama speak, was outraged that Trump used the word “regime” to describe the Iranian regime.
MSNBC host Chris Matthews on Wednesday found sinister “neocon” undertones in President Donald Trump’s reference to the Iranian “regime,” even though Democrats often use the term for the country’s theocratic government.
“In terms of the rhetoric, though, the rhetoric was perfectly foisted into this speech, clearly by Mike Pence and the neocons. The word ‘regime’ used over and over again is a word setting up regime change,” Matthews said. “In other words, all the pressure we’re putting on that country is to get rid of the Ayatollah … and the whole religious network that runs that country.”
Matthews also pinned Trump’s use of the word “regime” on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, calling the term “fighting words.”
Unfortunately for Matthews, however, those “fighting words” have been uttered by a long string of Democrats in recent days.
The Washington Free Beacon continues:
South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg referred to the “dangerous regime” in an interview Monday on MSNBC, while former vice president Joe Biden said Tuesday that he had no illusions about the support for terror and other malign actions of the “regime.”
Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) said Iran had become a more dangerous “regime” during the Trump administration, and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, who dropped out of the presidential race last year, said the “Iranian regime is horrible” in an interview Friday.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D., Ill.) slammed Trump Tuesday on MSNBC for having achieved the “end goals of the Iranian regime.” Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) told CNN Wednesday that Iranian general Qassem Soleimani had worked his way up to be the number two man in Iran’s “regime.” Rep. Jason Crow (D., Colo.) on MSNBC Wednesday lamented the crowds of people showing up in support of the “regime” in Tehran following Soleimani’s death.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) slammed the “malignant regime” of Iran Tuesday on MSNBC, and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D., Va.) said Friday that Soleimani’s significance to the “Iranian regime” would necessitate a response from it.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.), Sen. Chris Murphy (D., Conn.), and Rep. Jim Himes (D., Conn.) have also made references to the “Iranian regime” over the past year.
Members of the press also regularly use the term “Iranian regime,” including Matthews’s MSNBC colleague Joe Scarborough.
It’s almost like they didn’t notice that Trump stated that the U.S. is “ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.”
Or maybe they did notice but since it doesn’t play into their fantasy that Trump is a warmonger, they are choosing to be selectively outraged on Obama’s behalf. Because Orange Man Bad. Even when Trump pointedly stated that our response to Iran’s “retaliation” will be not further military action but additional sanctions.DONATE
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