Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is suspected of issuing an assassination threat against Donald Trump on Twitter Friday and it took Twitter 17 hours to take action. When they did, it was to temporarily suspend Khamenei’s alleged account, not ban him as they have Trump. Since then, one of Khamenei’s four Twitter accounts has been suspended and there is conjecture that it may be a fake account.
Khamenei has vowed revenge against Trump and tweeted an image showing a man who resembled the former president playing golf. The aerial view was meant to imitate that of a drone zeroing in on its target… the same way that the U.S. took out General Soleimani on January 3 with Trump’s orders. Iran has issued a warrant for Trump’s arrest for crimes against their Islamic Republic.
Khamenei’s tweet issued a chilling threat which was loosely translated: “Revenge is inevitable. Soleimani’s killer and the man who gave the orders must face vengeance.” He also said it could happen “at any time.” Trump claimed the general was “directly and indirectly responsible for the deaths of millions of people.”
That post was taken down after being up for 17 hours. All of the responses to the murderous tweet still remain visible. This would appear to be in violation of Twitter’s stated policies. Unless of course, they are merely subjective in nature.
In contrast, Trump’s Twitter account was deleted in its entirety over his comments on January 6 to a crowd of supporters at the Capitol. During that time a riot took place leading to the death of a female veteran and one police officer.
Twitter has not commented on why Khamenei is being held to a different standard. CEO Jack Dorsey had many on his social media platform who were demanding answers concerning the perceived double standard.
‘”So Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gets a pass for threatening to assassinate a former US President?” one person asked Dorsey.
Another compared the two radically-different treatments: “Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, was removed from this platform “due to the risk of further incitement of violence. Today, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, shared an image bearing a resemblance to Trump which calls for “revenge.”‘
“How come this atrocious psychopath can openly call for the assassination of a former US president, and not be kicked out of Twitter?” one user wrote in English.
“Trump’s banned but this is perfectly ok. Is this a joke?” another user wrote.
Twitter suspended ONE account for #Iran’s Khamenei for violating rules and inciting violence against Trump.
He still has at least 4 accounts with 100x followers of this: pic.twitter.com/m4ZpuCEE6w
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) January 22, 2021
Twitter removed another tweet by Khamenei earlier this month where he claimed that U.S. and British-made vaccines were unreliable and may be intended to “contaminate other nations.” The platform said the tweet violated its rules against misinformation.
There is no love lost between Iran and Trump. In 2018, Trump exited a 2015 deal between Iran and six world powers that sought to curb Tehran’s nuclear program. Washington reimposed sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy.
Immediately after Joe Biden won the presidency, Iran called for action and “not just words.” Biden has said Washington will rejoin the nuclear deal if Iran resumes strict compliance. It is rumored that Biden had secret negotiations going on with the Iranians even before he was inaugurated.
“If Washington returns to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, we will also fully respect our commitments under the pact,” Khamenei said.
Referring to Trump, he added: “A tyrant’s era came to an end and today is the final day of his ominous reign.”
The warrant issued against Trump by Iran on January 7 was by a judge in Baghdad’s investigative court tasked with probing the Washington-directed drone strike that killed Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the court’s media office said. They were killed outside the capital’s airport.
Al-Muhandis was the deputy leader of the state-sanctioned Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group composed of an array of militias, including Iran-backed groups, formed to fight the Islamic State group.
— The Mossad: The Social Media Account (@TheMossadIL) January 22, 2021
Yet Iranian state media specifically say the account was affiliated to Khamenei.
— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) January 22, 2021
Soleimani headed the expeditionary Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The arrest warrant is for premeditated murder, which carries the death penalty on conviction in Iran.
The decision to issue the warrant “was made after the judge recorded the statements of the claimants from the family of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis,” according to a statement from the Supreme Judicial Council. The investigation into the killings is ongoing, the court said.
Iran-backed terror groups have since stepped up attacks against the American soldiers in Iraq, leading to threats by Washington to shutter its Baghdad diplomatic mission.
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