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Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can’t stop responding to tweets today

The former Iranian president may be plotting a comeback.


Ellen Ioanes

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Posted on Oct 16, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 3:58 am CDT

Donald Trump isn’t the only unhinged political figure who loves Twitter. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the brutal, repressive, and provocative former president of Iran, has been on a Twitter tear recently, too, posting about everything from the Black Panther Party to Michigan football.

Recently Ahmadinejad—who ruled Iran from 2005 to 2013—has been very active on the platform, even tweeting on Aug. 28, “Busy day today. But I always make time for Twitter.”

Most of the former ruler’s posts have a political bent; they’re often highlighting his speeches around Iran, or jabbing at Donald Trump and other rulers. There is, predictably, some anti-Semitism and 9/11 conspiracy theory talk thrown in for good measure.

Ahmadinejad famously denied the Holocaust and pushed anti-Semitic conspiracy theories at the UN General Assembly.

Ahmadinejad’s Twitter feed focuses heavily on human rights and dignity, neither of which was much of a priority when he was actually ruling Iran. Under his rule, Iran regularly imprisoned and tortured innocent people like Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari and political dissidents.

He also has praise for corrupt politicians like Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, affectionately known as Lula, in Brazil:

And oppressive rulers like Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua:

But in the past 24 hours, he’s been all over the place, tweeting and replying to all sorts of tweets. Like one about Michigan football. 

While talking about the Black Panther Party (and quoting Tupac):

He commented on handbag design.

He chimed in on an old conversations about the French Open.

And responded to some praise.

He also accidentally got trolled by one of the hosts of Chapo Trap House.

It’s unclear what the former leader’s tweeting is about; whether he’s plotting a political comeback centered around Trump’s withdrawal from the JCPOA, or just wants to maintain international relevance, it’s worth keeping an eye on.

Iran is in a state of chaos, as exemplified by political protests focused on the failing economy, possibly making Ahmadinejad poised for a comeback.

Or maybe he just likes posting.

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*First Published: Oct 16, 2018, 12:29 pm CDT