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President Donald Trump responded to the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran military leader Qassem Soleimani by posting a slightly pixelated American flag. Trump’s decision was met with both criticism and a number of jokes, including people posting a string of progressively more distorted flags.
Trump posted the flag photo on Thursday night as reports surfaced that he had ordered an airstrike at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq that killed Soleimani.
It’s also currently the president’s pinned tweet for his account.
Many people thought the flag tweet was an insufficient response to what could become a major event as tensions rise with Iran.
“A flag is not a strategy,” Samantha Power, a former United Nations ambassador under former President Barack Obama, tweeted late Thursday. “Trump is surrounded by sycophants (having fired those who’ve dissented). He has purged Iran specialists. He has abolished NSC processes to review contingencies. He is seen as a liar around the world. This is likely to get very ugly very quickly.”
A flag is not a strategy.— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) January 3, 2020
Trump is surrounded by sycophants (having fired those who’ve dissented). He has purged Iran specialists. He has abolished NSC processes to review contingencies. He is seen as a liar around the world.
This is likely to get very ugly very quickly. https://t.co/UV4o0uWVfe
So, war again? https://t.co/8Y5Ezr4Uga— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) January 3, 2020
These assholes start a war with Iran and tweet out clip art. https://t.co/1LzrShR27B— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) January 3, 2020
When we make a decision as consequential as taking out a military leader for the sake of political gain it behooves all Americans to take heed— Paul Ybarra (@ybarrap) January 3, 2020
Displaying the symbol of our creed in the midst of such a blatant political action is repugnant & all Americans shld stand up against it https://t.co/AWAgydgLGA
Several people responded to Trump’s tweet by placing increasingly more distorted flags. Several 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls also weighed in on the situation in a more serious manner.
Here’s another look at the string of reactions:
Merica pic.twitter.com/RlgDY13lLD— Justin Whang 🐙 (@JustinWhang) January 3, 2020
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).