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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.
I wanted to give my condolences once again to all families that lost a loved one, and will #NeverForget them. Unfortunately Politicians have not told the truth about what really happened on #September11 #NeverForget— Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (@Ahmadinejad1956) September 11, 2018
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.
The root of class inequality, poverty, war, and arrogance can be seen in beliefs and behaviors of some rulers.— Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (@Ahmadinejad1956) October 3, 2018
Heads of Nations must know that they are the servants of the people, not their rulers.— Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (@Ahmadinejad1956) September 13, 2018
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.
With a hard work ethic Inshallah the U of M will return to its glory days.— Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (@Ahmadinejad1956) October 16, 2018
While talking about the Black Panther Party (and quoting Tupac):
One of the main objectives of the #BlackPantherParty was feeding the hungry; which did not sit well with the #UnitedStatesGovernment . #BrotherHuey #October15— Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (@Ahmadinejad1956) October 15, 2018
" It's time to fight back that's what Huey said. Two shots in the dark, now Huey's dead"
He commented on handbag design.
Also may I interest you in these bags I made last year listing several Iranian cities? (Karaj, Shiraz, Isfahan, Tehran, Qom etc). DM home address pic.twitter.com/FPrebrT4pM— Jennine Khalik (@jennineak) October 16, 2018
Nice Work!— Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (@Ahmadinejad1956) October 16, 2018
He chimed in on an old conversations about the French Open.
I never forced anyone to do such a thing. #Dude— Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (@Ahmadinejad1956) October 16, 2018
And responded to some praise.
Thanks Sir— Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (@Ahmadinejad1956) October 16, 2018
He also accidentally got trolled by one of the hosts of Chapo Trap House.
sir do you follow back— Virgil Texas Chainsaw Massacre (@virgiltexas) October 15, 2018
what do you usually post about sir?— Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (@Ahmadinejad1956) October 16, 2018
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.
Ellen Ioanes is the FOIA reporter at the Daily Dot, where she covers U.S. politics. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Center for Public Integrity, HuffPost India, and more.