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A CNN reporter welcomed Iran’s leader to the resistance—the internet wasn’t amused

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Some folks don’t think it’s appropriate to joke with the Supreme Leader of Iran on Twitter.

CNN investigative reporter Nathan Dermott tweeted a joke after Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shared a photo of himself reading Fire and Fury on Friday—but not everyone was amused by it.

Just days after President Donald Trump said he was backing out of a nuclear accord with Iran, Khamenei shared a photo of himself reading the controversial tell-all book on the president’s administration. Many saw it as the Ayatollah’s way to troll Trump.

In his tweet, Dermott welcomed Khamenei to “the resistance.”

Folks on Twitter did not find Dermott’s tweet funny or entertaining. Instead, they found it troubling that a member of the American press would think it was appropriate to joke with the leader of a nation that hasn’t always been too fond of the U.S.

Trump supporters and conservative media members, like editors of Breitbart, took the opportunity to bash on the “mainstream” media. Quite a few Twitter accounts that appear to be bots joined in on the conversation, as well. (We didn’t include any tweets we believe to have been tweeted by a bot).

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Dermott, meanwhile, clarified in a tweet later that he was being sarcastic. Some users came to his defense.

After Trump announced he was backing out of the nuclear accord, Khamenei condemned the decision.  

“This man will turn to dust and his body will become food for snakes and ants,” he said. “And the Islamic Republic will still be standing.”

Tess Cagle

Tess Cagle

Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.