Liberals seemingly have selective memory.
Samantha Power, Ambassador to the United Nations under Barack Obama, lashed out at President Trump with a sarcastic tweet after he declared support for Iranians protesting their government amid violent crackdowns.
Power mocked the Trump administration by quoting White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who tweeted, “The days of America looking the other way from the Iranian regime’s oppression are over. America stands with the Iranian people.”
Power’s tweet alluded to the president’s travel ban executive order, which restricts travel to the US from Iran, along with six other countries whose information-sharing practices have been deemed insufficient for proper vetting.
The former UN ambassador’s comment suggested the President should rescind his travel ban as a way of showing support for the Iranian protests. Over a dozen have been killed in the demonstrations, AP reports.
President Obama waited 10 days before issuing a response to similar protests in 2009. The former president has been criticized for his stance on Iran, which some observers believe fed the social unrest that led to the current protests.
Twitter users reminded Power of Obama’s response to Iran.
The Administration of @BarackObama enabled the leading State Sponsor of Terrorism & it’s Nuclear Program. The Obama Administration did nothing to aid the people of Iran & did everything to assist the repressive Iranian Regime.
— Robert Hameroff (@robert_hameroff) January 2, 2018
Vak, the Obama admin’s response to similar demonstrations in 2009 was pretty terrible. They should all just sit quietly during these ones, rather than pretending they have some sort of moral authority here.
— Cameron Robinson (@CameronMVM) January 2, 2018
That will change after the Ayatollahs are overthrown. Ironically, Obama and his henchmen, including you, are mostly responsible for the current immigration policy regarding Iranians. YOU SHOULD HAVE SPOKEN UP FOR IRANIAN PEOPLE IN 2009. But, U were on the wrong side of history.
— Eric C (@CpaCarter) January 2, 2018
So maybe it would be better to stand by and watch them die like Obama did last time they protested?
— John Leiviska (@JohnLeiviska) January 2, 2018
— Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini (@sanambna) January 1, 2018
Users also took aim at Power’s role in unmasking hundreds of names of Americans who appeared in foreign intelligence reporting–allegedly with the intent of leaking and discrediting political opponents.
You seem to know a lot except for how you unmasked Americans under the #ObamaAdmin…work on getting that lie together first, Sam.
— Comoelita (@Brownfractals) January 2, 2018
Why don’t you go unmask more Americans, and secure and cover up all Obama’s crimes.
— Chris Hooker MAGA (@ChrisHooker777) January 2, 2018
Ben Rhodes, a foreign policy adviser in the Obama administration, also used the Iranian protests to attack President Trump’s travel ban.
The Iranian people who Trump wants to bar from the United States even if they want to come to study, work or visit loved ones https://t.co/RKXQVqzaQ0
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) December 31, 2017
Pro-Palestine activist Linda Sarsour made the same argument.
So you stand by the ban on Iranians entering the US but wanna support their protests. Save face now. This is embarrassing. https://t.co/mE98ey2CNO
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) January 2, 2018
Many Twitter users fired back that the US can better support protesters by helping them improve their own country than by relocating them to America.
— An American Patriot (@Onelifetogive) January 2, 2018
1. You can stand with someone without inviting them into your own country as permanent residents. They aren’t mutually exclusive.
2. They don’t want to come here.
— scottyp (@vvangopher) January 2, 2018
Why would they come here? They are trying to overthrow the mullahs you propped up at home?
— The Word (@deplorable_w0rd) January 2, 2018
Correct Susan!… they deserve to have freedom in their home country… why would they want to move if they had it? Would you want to uproot your immediate family and leave your extended family at home?
— LaNd tHaT i LoVE (@MelinaCopper) January 2, 2018
Are you so arrogant that you assume everyone in Iran wants to move here? Maybe they love their homeland but wish for it to be free. Maybe they love their children’s children enough to fight for liberty. #IranianProtests #IranProtests
— Chuck Hicks (@RadioChuck) January 2, 2018
The Iranian protesters do NOT want to LEAVE Iran … they want a oppressive regime change which the administration you worked for financially propped up with pallets of cash and gold.
— Ron Dodgers (@romopar) January 2, 2018
What an asinine comment. The Iranian people are not asking to come here. They are asking for their OWN country back. Stop deflecting with your pathetic attempt to make this about the travel ban…
— KatieB (@MisitiKate) January 2, 2018