Trump Derangement Syndrome Has Nancy Pelosi Downplaying Pro-Freedom Protests in Iran

Trump Derangement Syndrome Has Nancy Pelosi Downplaying Pro-Freedom Protests in Iran


She’s even worse than Obama. When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took to the
friendly confines of ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, interviewer and former Clinton
White House communications director George Stephanopoulos offered Pelosi a softball way
to praise the protests in Iran this weekend. “We’re seeing now demonstrations in the
streets of Iran against the regime,” Stephanopoulos said. “Do you support those protesters and would
it be a good thing if they brought the regime down?” Considering the past 40 years of unadulterated
hatred for the United States from Tehran, most Americans would have no problem answering
that question with a resounding “yes” – but Pelosi is clearly not most Americans. Pelosi’s problem, of course, is that the
protests didn’t fit into the Democratic narrative that every problem in the Middle
East is President Donald Trump’s fault. Her Democratic Party and its presidential
field is so blinded by hatred of the current presidency — better known as Trump Derangement
Syndrome — that they couldn’t even acknowledge the importance, and necessity, of the drone
strike that killed Iranian terrorist general Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 2. And they can’t admit even so simple a truth
as that the world would be a better place of the murderous mullahs in charge in Iran
were no longer in power. So even when protesters took to the streets
against a government that’s an avowed enemy of her own people, Pelosi tried to explain
it away as simply college students upset that some fellow students had died in the apparently
accidental downing of Ukraine Airlines Flight 752 shortly after it left Tehran’s Imam
Khomeini International Airport on Wednesday. “Well, the regime — the protesters are
— are protesting, as I understand it, this brand of protesters, about the fact that that
plane went down,” she said. “And many students were on that plane. And these are largely students in the street.” But not even a Democratic lapdog like Stephanopoulos
could let her get away with treating the demonstrations like they were Oberlin students upset that
the cafeteria had appropriated Mexican culture by serving Taco Tuesdays. “They’re calling out the regime for lying. They’re saying, ‘death to Khomeini’
as well,” he said. “Yes,” Pelosi answer. “Well, whatever it is. “But the fact is this, the — there were
protesters in the streets before against the regime. After the taking out of Soleimani, there were
protesters in the street, joined together, as you know, against us. That wasn’t good. “Taking down this plane is a terrible, terrible
tragedy. And they should be held accountable for letting
commercial flights go at a time that was so, so dangerous. “But there are different reasons why people
are in the street.” In other words, Pelosi was equating the choreographed
demonstrations around Soleimani’s death with the outraged anti-regime protests of
the weekend that just past. Social media users weren’t buying Pelosi’s
spiel. The fact is, Pelosi and her Democrats loved
the Iranian propaganda footage that showed throngs mourning the death of Soleimani because
it fed the impression that Trump has infuriated a foreign country as much as he infuriates
domestic Democrats. She couldn’t acknowledge the weekend’s
anti-regime protests because they helped justify Trump’s antagonism toward Tehran. When the newly minted President Barack Obama
greeted anti-regime protests in Iran with a perceived passivity back in 2009, it was
interpreted as appeasement toward Tehran. Considering the disastrous eight years that
followed — including the now-essentially defunct Iran nuclear deal — even that interpretation
might have been too generous, but a fair reading of Obama’s actions back in 2009 would have
to include the fact that he could not know the future. Pelosi doesn’t have to know the future. She just has to know what the Tehran regime
has done since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, in the years since Obama, and Iran’s constantly
escalating provocations of just the past few months. The reality is, she knows that as well as
anyone, but chooses to disregard it for her party’s political purposes. What Obama did was bad. But what Pelosi did on Sunday was even worse.

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