Last October, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr refused to comment on the NBA’s worshipful obedience to China’s authoritarian government on the basis that he ought to not speak on issues that he’s not “well-versed on.”
After being slammed as a “coward” and “scared little boy,” he then doubled down by drawing a false equivalence between America’s random gun violence and China’s purposeful, state-sanctioned history of human rights abuses.
Three months later, the once-timid, speak-no-evil-about-China coach is now showing no qualms about tearing into America’s duly elected vice president, Mike Pence, for posting a simple tweet accusing deceased Iranian general Qasem Soleimani of having participated in the Sept. 11 attacks.
See the original tweets below:
Yesterday, President @realDonaldTrump took decisive action and stood up against the leading state sponsor of terror to take out an evil man who was responsible for killing thousands of Americans. Soleimani was a terrorist. Here are some of his worst atrocities:
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) January 3, 2020
Assisted in the clandestine travel to Afghanistan of 10 of the 12 terrorists who carried out the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) January 3, 2020
In response to the claim, the left-wing media rushed to question its validity and seemingly defend Soleimani, who was indeed a terrorist.
“The most obviously incorrect bit of information here is the number of hijackers: There were 19, and ‘8-10’ of them ‘traveled into or out of Iran between October 2000 and February 2001,’ per the 9/11 commission report,” one outlet, The Week, kvetched.
“And while the report does conclude ‘there is strong evidence Iran facilitated the transit of al Qaeda members into and out of Afghanistan before 9/11,’ Charlotte Clymer of the Human Rights Campaign says Soleimani probably wouldn’t have been involved in that.”
FYI, Charlotte “Charles” Clymer is a former “male feminist” who transitioned into a so-called transgender woman after being booted out of the feminist community over his misogyny.
Early Friday evening, Kerr retweeted The Week’s report to his half a million followers and accused Pence of “lying about Iran/Soleimani’s supposed involvement in 9/11.”
One thing I’ve learned in my lifetime is to not believe our government when it comes to matters of war. Johnson and Nixon lied about Viet Nam. Bush and Cheney lied about WMD’s in Iraq. Now Pence is lying about Iran/Soleimani’s supposed involvement in 9/11. https://t.co/jm3oex867A
— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) January 3, 2020
This in turn prompted scathing social media backlash from those exasperated by his previous silence during the Obama administration’s elimination of terrorists, his previous defense of China’s authoritarian government, his current defense of Iran’s pro-terror regime and his smear of America’s vice president.
Included among the critics was Pence’s own rumor-squashing press secretary, Katie Waldman.
“Thanks for believing the #FakeNews,” she wrote to Kerr in a tweet that included a retweet of a notice she’d posted earlier responding to complaints that 19, not 12, terrorists had directly participated in the Sept. 11 attacks.
— Katie Waldman (@VPPressSec) January 3, 2020
Other critics may be seen below:
Just what we need, political commmentary from the basketball champion @SteveKerr. I’m not surprised coach [intentionally] left out Obama’s assassination of Gaddafi because of an alleged threat while doing absolutely nothing regarding Assad in Syria.
— John Burnett (@IamJohnBurnett) January 4, 2020
how’s your research on Chinese authoritarianism going? any update to your comments?
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) January 4, 2020
“We are the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and we approved this message”??
— “It’s Always Jimmy in Philadelphia” (@JimmyMcSavage) January 4, 2020
*Except when it comes to believing the Chinese government concerning the issue of Hong Kong protestors…
— Paul Sacca (@Paul_Sacca) January 4, 2020
Same guy that bent the knee to China to benefit his own pockets. Real class @SteveKerr
— Ben Kapanke (@BenKapanke) January 4, 2020
One thing I’ve learned about Steve Kerr is he’s ok turning a blind eye to flagrant human rights abuses in China but is eager to virtue signal his righteous anger at his own government
— Leo The Lion (@Wasco_Leo) January 5, 2020
Thank you, Coach. Now stand up for Hong Kong. I have stopped watching NBA for my shock at your and others’ chicken-ness. And I’ve always thought you a hero on and off. But bowing to a Communist dictator is too much.
— JD757 (@JAMESD757) January 4, 2020
— No one you know I don’t think (@deadabovethelip) January 4, 2020
I’m sorry, what? pic.twitter.com/SsERwZ2ipI
— I’m supposed to be Seeing Indictments right now… (@hereforthejava) January 4, 2020
In a statement to Fox News, Waldman reiterated that the VP’s statement was 100 percent accurate.
“[She] claimed that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), under Soleimani’s leadership, knowingly allowed 12 of the 9/11 hijackers to transit to Afghanistan,” FNC reported Saturday. “Waldman also pointed to a government claim that Iran allowed 9/11 hijackers to travel through its territory.”
When the State Department designated the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) last April, it noted in a fact sheet that Iran had “knowingly permitted … several of the 9/11 hijackers, to transit its territory on their way to Afghanistan for training and operational planning.”
But by the same token, the 585-page 9/11 Commission Report published in 2004 did not mention Soleimani once.
It did, however, state that while “there is strong evidence that Iran facilitated the transit of al-Qaeda members into and out of Afghanistan before 9/11… we have found no evidence that Iran or Hezbollah was aware of the planning for what later became the 9/11 attack.”
Long story short, the evidence suggests that Iran definitely allowed al-Qaeda members — including very likely those members responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks — to travel through its borders. What remains unknown is whether or not Iran knew what the members had planned, and whether Soleimani personally played any role in the matter.
What is known though is that Soleimani was a terrorist and murderer, which raises the question of why certain “journalists” and NBA coaches have been in such a rush to defend him …
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