Last night, President Trump issued a threat directed at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Twitter.
The Tweet was a response to comments Rouhani made to a group of Iranian diplomats on Sunday.
Here’s what Rouhani said, according to Reuters:
“America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” Rouhani said, leaving open the possibility of peace between the two countries, at odds since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
“You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran’s security and interests,” Rouhani said, in an apparent reference to reported efforts by Washington to destabilize Iran’s Islamic government.
U.S. officials familiar with the matter told Reuters that the Trump administration had launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups.
Current and former U.S. officials said the campaign painted Iranian leaders in a harsh light, at times using information that is exaggerated or contradicts other official pronouncements, including comments by previous administrations.
Apparently, Trump took Rouhani’s comment as a threat to America, because he directed the following ALL CAPS Tweet to Rouhani last night:
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
Is this how we do things now?
Who ever would have thought leaders of powerful countries would someday use social media to threaten each other? Trump sounds like an 11-year-old on a playground.
Trump’s Tweet is “utterly terrifying”, as Joel Mathis of The Week explains:
Let’s not mince words here: Nuclear weapons are designed to inflict genocidal levels of destruction and death. They are a weapon to be used as a last resort, if that, to ensure national survival. They are not meant to be used casually — either as a weapon, or rhetorically. Not even implicitly.
But President Trump keeps doing exactly that.
The latest threat came late Sunday night, in an unhinged-sounding all-caps tweet that almost immediately ranks — along with Ronald Reagan’s “we begin the bombing in five minutes” gaffe and JFK’s Cuban Missile Crisis speech to the nation — as among the more alarming presidential communications in history.
Iran’s Foreign Minister responded to the Tweet:
COLOR US UNIMPRESSED: The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago. And Iranians have heard them —albeit more civilized ones—for 40 yrs. We’ve been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, incl our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) July 23, 2018
Some pointed out that maybe, just maybe, world “leaders” exchanging threats via social media isn’t the ideal way to handle foreign relations…
Your volatile tweets threaten violence and are a form of cyber bullying. This is dangerous for our nation and an exceptionally poor example for our youth. Please stop. @FLOTUS #BeBest #TwitterDoBetter
— CJ Maloney (@CJ_Maloney) July 23, 2018
It is easy to shrug off Trump's threat against Iran as half-baked and a distraction. It may be that. But as the pressure builds on him by far the most likely wag the dog scenario for him will involve Iran. See this Tweet as lunatic…but also as a harbinger of things to come.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) July 23, 2018
Evil Captain Kangaroo impersonator and renowned chickenhawk @AmbJohnBolton has been calling for unprovoked war against Iran for his entire career. It's no surprise that he's backing @realDonaldTrump's Iran tweet (if not ghostwriting it himself). https://t.co/s01oDqVwvw #NoIranWar
— True Blue Liberal (@TrueBlueLiberal) July 23, 2018
Netanyahu praised Trump for his bellicose tweet to Iran, Netanyahu the man most responsible for the increased tensions and threat of escalating hostilities in the region. Netanyahu your statement is duly noted and dismissed by all Americans who want peace
— Lawrence Young (@larry5336) July 23, 2018
The President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, responds to Trump's tweet: "The President's comments are a direct threat to the security of our nation. We must respond accordingly." https://t.co/2lLlOSr7xH pic.twitter.com/LQe4hvZBCB
— CNN Breaking News (@CNNBreakingNows) July 23, 2018
Iran made NO threat to America. Read this, & RT. But contrary to what Rouhani said, Trump is fueling the fire with what HE tweeted. A few days ago, he claimed Liberals wanted a war, due to not supporting the Putin meeting. But Trump’s recent tweet is inciting that HE wants war. https://t.co/CeKm1CpjWV
— Linda Lee ??? (@lindalangmusic1) July 23, 2018
This tweet has received over 200,000 likes.
Think about that. 200,000+ ppl are ok w/ threat of deadly force on another nation. Iran has approx. 80+ million inhabitants. https://t.co/oP0f8ug5er
— Aman Johal (@AmanJohalGFA) July 23, 2018
Others pointed out the hypocrisy of Trump’s threats against Iran:
— iamonfire (@mercforce) July 23, 2018
Yes, those are all genuine Trump Tweets – no photo-shopping or “fake news” there.
Still others decided to mock Trump’s aggressive ALL-CAPS Tweet:
To @KPNwebcare + @vodafoneNL: NEVER, EVER TELL PEOPLE YOU HAVE THE BEST NETWORK OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A PROVIDER THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF LIES & DECEIT. BE CAUTIOUS! pic.twitter.com/RukKiq4poQ
— T-Mobile Webcare (@tmobile_webcare) July 23, 2018
To former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke: NEVER, EVER PRETEND TO REGULATE BANKS OR CLUELESSLY IGNORE OBVIOUS WARNINGS SIGNS OF AN EPIC BUBBLE AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES LIKE CUSHY JOBS AT CITADEL, PIMCO & BROOKINGS. PEOPLE WILL STILL INTERVIEW YOU THOUGH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Rudolf E. Havenstein (@RudyHavenstein) July 23, 2018
To Iranian President Rouhani: THAT'S GREAT IT STARTS WITH AN EARTHQUAKE BIRDS AND SNAKES AN AIRPLANE LENNY BRUCE IS NOT AFRAID EYE OF A HURRICANE LISTEN TO YOURSELF CHURN
— David Shucosky (@ColHapablap) July 23, 2018
To Iranian President Rouhani: IT’S GONNA TAKE A LOT TO DRAG ME AWAY FROM YOU THERE’S NOTHING THAT A HUNDRED MEN OR MORE COULD EVER DO I BLESS THE RAINS DOWN IN AFRICA GONNA TAKE SOME TIME TO DO THE THINGS WE NEVER HAVE
— Jelisa Castrodale (@gordonshumway) July 23, 2018
To Iranian President Rouhani: I AM EMAILING ON BEHALF OF THE ESTATE OF NIGERIAN PRINCE ABACHA TUNDE. I WRITE TO REQUEST YOUR ASSISTANCE IN TRANSFERRING MONEY FROM ACCOUNT, WHICH IS REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY DUE TO LEGAL. PLEASE REPLY WITH YOUR BANK DETAILS TO ASSIST THIS. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Ange Thompson, Girl Detective (@AngeMaryClaire) July 23, 2018
To Iranian President Rouhani: YO I TELL YOU WHAT I WANT WHAT I REALLY REALLY WANT SO TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT WHAT YOU REALLY REALLY WANT I TELL YOU WHAT I WANT WHAT I REALLY REALLY WANT SO TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT WHAT YOU REALLY REALLY WANT I WANNA HUH I WANNA HUH I WANNA HUH I WANNA
— Lindsay Ellis (@thelindsayellis) July 23, 2018
To He-Man: NEVER, EVER THREATEN SNAKE MOUNTAIN AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER AN EVIL STRONGHOLD THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF FUCKING TWADDLE & UTTER BULLSHIT. BE CAUTIOUS! pic.twitter.com/RibqgIibEa
— Skeletor (@GrumpySkeletor) July 23, 2018
To IKEA: NEVER, EVER GIVE ME THREE EXTRA SCREWS AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER FILLING OUR JUNK DRAWERS WITH USELES PARTS AND WE WON’T STAND FOR YOUR SUB PAR MEATBALLS!
— Seth Goodtime (@SethGoodtime) July 23, 2018
To Iranian President Rouhani: BAWITDABA DA BANG A DANG DIGGY DIGGY DIGGY SAID THE BOOGY SAID UP JUMP THE BOOGY BAWITDABA DA BANG A DANG DIGGY DIGGY DIGGY SAID THE BOOGY SAID UP JUMP THE BOOGY BAWITDABA DA BANG A DANG DIGGY DIGGY DIGGY SAID THE BOOGY SAID UP JUMP THE BOOGY BAWITDA
— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) July 23, 2018
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER EVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP. NEVER GONNA LET YOU DOWN. NEVER GONNA RUN AROUND AROUND AND DESERT YOU. NEVER GONNA MAKE YOU CRY. NEVER GONNA SAY GOODBYE. NEVER GONNA TELL A LIE AND HURT YOU.
— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) July 23, 2018
Some pointed out that joking about war with Iran is not one bit funny.
I find comfort in dark humor a lot and I get why people do it but this is why I’m not enjoying the all-caps joke tweet responses to Trump’s recent Iran threat: https://t.co/hCbBnhMVXp
— Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty) July 23, 2018
In all honesty, that Trump tweet is terrifying…the fate of the fucking world rests in the hands of a guy who just sent a CAP LOCKED nuclear war threat to Iran….this is the darkest timeline
— Preston Hodgkinson (@CrazyOilersFan) July 23, 2018
Trump's probably gonna start WW3, and right before I die from nuclear fallout I'll give one last laugh about that time Trump sent a threat to Iran in an all caps tweet.
— Kai (@FlyingFishy58) July 23, 2018
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