President Donald Trump on Saturday, Jan. 11, expressed his solidarity with the Iranian demonstrators who took to the streets to demand the renunciation of Ali Khamenei, after the Iranian regime admitted shooting down a commercial airliner carrying dozens of Iranian citizens. That night, President Trump wrote a tweet in Persian, saying he supports the efforts of the Iranian people.
That tweet set a record on Twitter, becoming the “most loved Persian tweet” in the history of the social networking giant, the Washington Examiner reported.
“To the brave and suffering Iranian people: I have stood with you since the beginning of my presidency and my government will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely. Your courage is inspiring,” wrote President Trump using the Persian language.
After just one hour, the tweet had received over 100,000 likes and has since tripled that number. Now it’s over 360,000 “likes.”
“This tweet by @realDonaldTrump with more than 100k likes is already the most liked Persian tweet in the history of Twitter,” Saeed Ghasseminejad, senior adviser and financial economist at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, claimed. “A strong show of support by Iranians for Trump’s Iran policy, something the MSM does not and will not report.”
This tweet by @realDonaldTrump with more than 100k likes is already the most liked Persian tweet in the history of Twitter. A strong show of support by Iranians for Trump's Iran policy, something the MSM does not and will not report. https://t.co/4tZ0IgDZmx
— Saeed Ghasseminejad (@SGhasseminejad) January 11, 2020
President Trump sent two more tweets in Persian, but this time directed at the Iranian regime.
In one, the president said the Iranian government should allow human rights groups to monitor and report on the ongoing protests of the Iranian people.
“There cannot be another massacre of peaceful protesters, nor a shutdown of the Internet. The world is watching,” the president added.
On Sunday morning, President Trump also warned the Iranian regime on Twitter—this time in English—not to harm its protesters: “To the leaders of Iran – DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS. Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching. More importantly, the USA is watching. Turn your internet back on and let reporters roam free! Stop the killing of your great Iranian people!”
After three days of public denials, the Iranian army’s confession on Saturday that it was behind the downing of a Ukrainian plane last week provoked outrage and demands that the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, resign.
Videos posted on social networks showed hundreds of young people mainly gathering to protest at various universities in the Iranian capital. They had apparently come out to honor the 176 people who died when Iranian military personnel shot down the plane, allegedly by mistake, mistaking it for an American missile.
However, the protests quickly turned into calls for Iran’s supreme leader to step down amid chants, “Khamenei is over.”
Even more surprising was the repudiation of the photographs of Qassem Soleimani, the main Iranian general killed by the United States in a bombing raid. “Soleimani is a murderer, his leader a traitor,” chanted some protesters in Tehran.
“Our enemy is here, they lie saying it’s America,” said other protesters, while some held up posters with similar captions, according to videos circulating on social networks.