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In 2009, Iranians took to the streets to protest against their oppressive government. But former President Barack Obama did not want the U.S. involved.
During an interview with CBS' “The Early Show,” Obama was asked to respond to his critics.
He said, in part:
“The last thing that I want to do is to have the United States be a foil for those forces inside Iran who would love nothing better than to make this an argument about the United States. That's what they do. That's what we're already seeing. We shouldn't be playing into that.”
According to The Guardian, 30 people were killed during the 2009 protests, and eventually, the demonstrations themselves died altogether.
Most recently, Iranians are taking to the streets again. And as can be expected, the Iranian regime is murdering its own people. Thus far, 23 people are reportedly dead. As Iranians shout “Death to the Dictator” and burn banners of the Ayatollahs, President Donald Trump is paying close attention. And his response to it all is staggeringly different to Obama's.
First, he went after Iran for cutting some internet services:
Iran, the Number One State of Sponsored Terror with numerous violations of Human Rights occurring on an hourly basis, has now closed down the Internet so that peaceful demonstrators cannot communicate. Not good!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2017
He took shots at Obama over his handling of Iran:
The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their “pockets.” The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018
Then Trump said it's “time for change”:
Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration. The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
On Wednesday, Trump went further, though, making the most significant contrast to Obama on the Iran issue yet. What did he do? He said the U.S. would support the Iranians who are fighting back against their government.
Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government. You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
That really says it all.
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