During the speech, Trump made two points on Iran; one in support of the popular people’s protest that broke out across the country in December and one decrying the 2015 nuclear deal.
On the protests, Trump said: “When the people of Iran rose up against the crimes of their corrupt dictatorship, I did not stay silent. America stands with the people of Iran in their courageous struggle for freedom.”
While on the nuclear deal, Trump said: “I am asking the Congress to address the fundamental flaws in the terrible Iran nuclear deal.”
Neither points were surprising, Trump has said both before and in much harsher terms, but the Regime apologists were not happy.
The National Iranian American Council’s Trita Parsi even attacked Trump on Twitter for supporting the protesters.
He said: “No Mr. Trump, you did not stand with the people of Iran when you banned them from visiting their American relatives in the US, nor when you tried to turn legitimate protests against the Iranian government into a tool for your Saudi-sponsored push for war…”
It is strange that Parsi thinks that there is a Saudi Arabian plan for war against Iran, considering that the Iranian Regime brought itself into direct conflict with the Saudis by intervening in the Syrian civil war and the Houthi rebellion in Yemen.
Basically, the Iranian Regime is responsible for destabilising the Middle East, using their Revolutionary Guards, Quds Forces, and terrorist proxies to do so. Still Parsi and the NIAC will defend them to the death.
It is also odd that he sees the only reason to support protesters would be to start a war, that perhaps says more about Parsi than Trump.
Luckily, the NIAC tweets got very little traction. This seems to parallel with the lack of mainstream media outlets willing to feature editorials and opinion pieces by the group. It seems no one cares what the defenders of despots have to say.
Michael Tomlinson wrote on Iran Lobby: “It seems the only places Parsi can get an audience is only when he bashes President Trump on issues such as immigration on progressive media outlets or blogs or his annual appearance on Russia Today.”
With the Iranian people rebelling, the nuclear deal failing, and the US outmanoeuvring the mullahs, this may be the last days on the NIAC as well as the Regime.