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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.”
Welcome to the Resistance, Ayatollah Khamenei https://t.co/t4qljon2Rp— Nathan McDermott (@natemcdermott) May 11, 2018
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).
What a weird time we are in when we are willing to jokingly side with the leader of a country that would do anything to destroy us. https://t.co/8qaH3TBLDF— MacKay (@Myideasweretook) May 12, 2018
The resistance teams up with a hard liner and dictator. I should be appalled and shocked but I’m not. https://t.co/0GHL4gbx8a— Victor H (@Derjucar) May 12, 2018
Another useful idiot—a CNN reporter welcoming the leader of one of world’s most repressive regimes to the “resistance!” https://t.co/mnib2oKP6z— Mariam Memarsadeghi (@memarsadeghi) May 12, 2018
Behold Nathan McDermott— Simone Laurey (@SimoneLaurey) May 11, 2018
Nathan works for CNN
CNN is Fake News
Nathan sides with terrorists
Don't be like Nathan. https://t.co/AK9nctNk4p
The left is so beside themselves stupid with envy and rage, they are now aligining themselves with mass murderers and welcoming them with open arms... kinda like what they did with planned parenthood. https://t.co/aG7pTjf6Br— Anthony Piccone ℹ (@anthonypiccone) May 11, 2018
Dermott, meanwhile, clarified in a tweet later that he was being sarcastic. Some users came to his defense.
This is an obvious joke (and a good one), but already people are pretending to be outraged to get those sweet Twitchy clicks https://t.co/8bawYL4Ut1— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) May 11, 2018
Oh come on guys this is clearly a joke. Let’s save the outrage for when it’s deserved & for who it deserves. https://t.co/M5UNYn0lQM— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) May 12, 2018
It’s hilarious how many replies think Nate was serious with this tweet. https://t.co/VT7NIacLoR— Sasha (@sashaengle) May 12, 2018
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 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.