Louis Farrakhan chanted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” in Iran on Sunday at a meeting that dealt with the sanctions President Trump re-imposed on the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.
A video distributed by Iran’s two state news agencies shows Farrakhan talking to students at the University of Tehran law school.
Earlier, he told a meeting of Iran’s Expediency Council that America is “plotting” to undermine Iran’s interests.
“I understand how the enemies have plotted against the Iranian people and I would like to stay alongside you to stop their plots.
The U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia is the “work of Satan, who seeks to divide Muslims and wants them to kill each other, while God tells us in the Quran to be united,” he said.
While Fox News covered the story, neither the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, HuffPost, Salon, Slate, ABC, NBC nor CBS covered. CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted a story from Tasnim News, one of the state news services.
CBS did a live report from Tehran about the sanctions being re-imposed but did not mention Farrakhan.
“Day one of the new sanctions saw Iranians resigned to the fact that hard life is about to get even harder,” said Elizabeth Palmer, the reporter in Iran.
“The official reaction was belligerences. State television broadcast pictures of military air defense exercises. And an anti-American rally on Sunday was a sea of hostile signs and banners. This demonstration is meant as a show of force, and the message is clear: Iranians are not afraid, and Iran is going to shrug off these sanctions.”
Slate’s Matt Yglesias suggested Farrakhan is a big fan of Trump and that the feeling is mutual.
“But seriously, let’s talk about Farrakhan, a guy who, it’s true, too many people have been comfortable sharing a room with,” Yglesias wrote at the start of a series of tweets. “Why does Farrakhan like Donald Trump so much? And what does that say about the broader question at hand?’
He tweeted a link to a May story from Mediaite, in which conservative activist Candace Owens, “whose idiocy really cannot be underestimated,” the author wrote, tweeted: “In no way do I endorse Farrakhan’s views but holy crap this is a really big deal. He has just aligned himself with the Trump administration. What is going on in the black community right now is unprecedented. Flag this. It’s relevant.”
“Like why is Trump appealing to a socially reactionary, anti-Semitic, black separatist in a way that previous Republican Party politicians have not been? Seems like a subject worth pursuing. Meeting of the minds of the Space Force, or something else?” Yglesias tweeted.
“It’s not ‘on the one hand, Trump is activating and energizing anti-Semitism on the right but on the other hand there’s Farrakhan on the left.’ Farrakhan himself is an anti-Semite who is activated and energized by Trump. It’s all just one thing.”
“Trump, Farrakhan, Orban, Naftali Bennet, etc., all have a shared vision of ethnic nationalism that is poisoning the world. Goodnight.”
Yglesias did not mention that Trump’s daughter, grandchildren and son-in-law are Jewish or that numerous Jews hold high positions in his administration.
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