Rep. Gerry Connolly (D., Va.) on Monday criticized President Donald Trump for supporting Iranian protesters in their native language on Twitter, since it's not a language Trump speaks.
CNN's Brianna Keilar mentioned Connolly's belief that it's "a bit much" for Trump to be "lecturing" about free speech when he has criticized the media in the past and asked whether Iran's foreign minister was right to say Trump's tweet in Farsi was "dishonoring the Persian language."
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"No, although it may be too cute by half to be using Farsi," Connolly answered. "You're the American president and, clearly, you don't speak Farsi."
He accused Trump of spreading racism in his tweets, without naming any examples, adding that Trump has used Twitter to belittle opponents and the media. Without connecting any of this to Iran, he said Trump "might be better off simply sticking to English."
Trump tweeted his support for Iranians protesting Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's brutal regime, calling on Iranian authorities to not kill protesters or restrict the freedom of the press.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2020
مشاور امنیت ملی امروز عنوان کرد كه تحریم ها و اعتراضات، ایران را«به شدت تحت فشار»قرار داده است و آنها را مجبور به مذاكره می كند.در واقع، اصلا برایم اهمیتی نداردکه آیا آنها مذاکره می کنند یا نه.این کاملاً به عهده ی خودشان است، اما سلاح هسته ای نداشته باشیدو«معترضان خود را نکشید.» https://t.co/DBGGs8QFcJ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2020