Nick Givas, DCNF
Editor-at-Large of “The Weekly Standard” Bill Kristol got smacked down for being a hypocrite on Iran during MSNBC’s “Velshi and Ruhle” Tuesday, and was told he wasn’t respecting the Iranian people.
“I think the root cause of this is that the Iranian people don’t have freedom and they would like freedom,” Kristol said. “Let’s be more respectful of the Iranian people’s desire for freedom.”
Founder and current president of the National Iranian American Council, Trita Parsi, immediately jumped in and called Kristol out for his past record of wanting to bomb Iran.
“With all due respect Bill, you’ve been arguing to bomb Iran for so long so I don’t know if you’re really respecting the Iranian people. You’ve been advocating killing Iranians,” Parsi said. “I don’t think you or the Trump administration have the credibility to now say that you care for the Iranian people.”
Kristol tried to defend himself and said it wasn’t about him, but the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom. He then asked if Parsi stood with Iranian citizens against the regime and he said yes.
“Good we’re in agreement then,” Kristol retorted. “I couldn’t agree more.”
Host Stephanie Ruhle felt the need to step in and clarify Kristol’s position and said he was not openly advocating the murder of Iranians.
“Bill Kristol is not advocating to kill anyone, let’s make that very clear,” Ruhle said. Parsi felt the conversation still wasn’t finished and challenged Ruhle before the end of the segment.
“No, on the contrary there’s been an argument for taking military action against Iran so, instead of actually having this nuclear deal that has been working,” Parsi said.
Ruhle tried to offer Kristol the last word, but he smiled and shook his head in disbelief before declining to speak.
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