U.S. President Donald Trump retweeted on Monday a photoshopped image of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer dressed in traditional Islamic garb, standing behind the flag of Iran.
Following the tweet, Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League slammed Trump. "It's outrageous that @realDonaldTrump elevated such repulsive anti-Muslim bigotry. #Islamophobia is offensive & unbecoming of any leader, let alone @POTUS. When #hate & division are on the rise, this is the opposite of what we need from the President. An apology is in order ASAP," Greenblatt wrote.
"The corrupted Dems trying their best to come to the Ayatollah's rescue. #NancyPelosiFakeNews," the tweet read.
The tweet came from an account called "Down Under" which spreads pro-Trump and anti-Iranian government content.
In recent days, Trump has tweeted in Farsi from his own account, expressing solidarity with protesters who have mobilized after the regime admitted its own forces shot down a Ukrainian airliner by mistake, killing all 172 passengers on board.
Trump also retweeted an image of what appeared to be a dead corpse with text that read: "Question: Who in America supports this mullahs' crime? Answer : Nancy Pelosi." The tweet later appeared to be taken down.
Rep. Ilhan Omar responded to a tweet by British journalist Mehdi Hasan who compared Trump's retweet to outrage over statements Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib have made in the past. "AntiMuslim bigotry was the root of that coverage, because media and US politics love to advance it and aren’t a partner in fighting it!" Omar said.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar Dana Shell Smith called the president's actions hate speech. "The President of the United States is engaging in hate speech against an entire religion. And because he is President, it is in our name. It is on all of us - especially our elected officials- to demand that it stop. And to demand that @Twitter put an end to it," Smith wrote.
Vox journalist Aaron Rupar wrote: "So far today, Trump has: 1) retweeted image of a mutilated corpse 2) retweeted Islamophobic image mocking how Muslims dress 3) misspelled Bernie Sanders's name and a slur he uses to demean Warren 4) confused 'imminent' and 'eminent.'"
Muslim social media personality Hend Army also slammed the Trump, writing "Why the actual hell is the president of the United States using the way I and millions of other Americans dress and the religious beliefs that We hold as a slur. This absolutely must be condemned by congressional lawmakers on both sides of the aisle."
Hend went on to call the tweet "hate speech" and retweeted other users calling the president's actions Islamophobic.
On Friday, Republican Congressman and close Trump-ally Doug Collins apologized for accusing Democrats of being “in love with terrorists.” The George Congressman made the comment during a segment with Lou Dobbs on Fox Business Channel in the wake of the Trump administration’s targeting killing of Iranian General Quassem Soleimani.
“Let me be clear: I do not believe Democrats are in love with terrorists, and I apologize for what I said earlier this week,” Collins, who is the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, wrote on Twitter.
Collins said on Wednesday, “They’re in love with terrorists. We see that. They mourn Soleimani more than they mourn our gold star families who have suffered under Soleimani.”
Collins was echoing a Tuesday interview by former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley on the same network: "The only ones that are mourning the loss of Soleimani are our Democrat leadership and our Democrat presidential candidates."
Following the assassination of Soleimani, Pelosi slammed Trump for not being "upfront" with Congress.
"Tonight's airstrike risks provoking further dangerous escalation of violence. America — and the world — cannot afford to have tensions escalate to the point of no return," Pelosi said in a statement following the airstrike conducted on January 3.
The strike was carried out without an "authorization for use of military force" against Iran, and without the consultation of Congress, the speaker said.
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