In an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that Iranians weren’t protesting against the regime, but for “different reasons.”
“These are Largely Students in the Street”
Pelosi spoke to George Stephanopoulos about the shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 572 by Iranian anti-aircraft troops last week, and the protests that followed in Iran.
“These are largely students in the street,” Pelosi claimed. Stephanopoulos highlighted that this wasn’t simply a protest about the shooting down of the plane, but against the regime too.
“They’re calling out the regime for lying. They’re saying death to Khomeini as well,” he said.
Speaker Pelosi dismissed this, however, and doubled down.
“After the taking out of Soleimani, there were protesters in the street, joined together, as you know, against us. That wasn’t good,” she said. “Taking down this plane is a terrible, terrible tragedy. And they should be held accountable for letting commercial flights go at a time that was so, so dangerous.
“But there are different reasons why people are in the street,” she said, adding that the situation should not be “escalated” by America until the government has “exhausted every other remedy.”
The Islamic regime in Iran formed from corrupt thieves. This is a truth that no one can ignore. In addition they spread terrorism in the world.
But why some "Americans" support these corrupt thieves?
This is something that needs serious investigation.#NancyPelosiFakeNews pic.twitter.com/AiOOlwK79M
— Afsheen Nariman (@Afsheenn) January 13, 2020
Iranians Respond With #NancyPelosiFakeNews
After the interview, the hashtag #NancyPelosiFakeNews began trending across Twitterl; many Iranians infuriarted, and called her out for her ignorant comments. Some attached photos and videos from the protests.
While the Iranian people are being killed by the mullahs in the protests, you are lying to the American people! The real people of Iran don't want the Democrats-backed terrorists. Shame on you for playing with the blood of Iranian people.
STOP #NancyPelosiFakeNews pic.twitter.com/FWKwuc9oOE
— Farid Khalifi (@FaridMedia) January 13, 2020
@SpeakerPelosi This street is not an university and those people who are target of #IRGC’s snipers are not necessary students. #NancyPelosiFakeNews is a big shame for Americans who are committed to American values, which #Freedom and #Democracy is base of that. Be honest pls. https://t.co/IqDVoaYnzn
— Ahmad Batebi (@radiojibi) January 13, 2020
— Imam of Peace (@Imamofpeace) January 13, 2020
— نایت واچ 🏴 (@Night_watch0) January 13, 2020
Nancy Pelosy @SpeakerPelosi
You have said that protesters in Iran don't chanting slogan against Khamenei, please listen below video.
Yesterday in Tehran, protesters shouted "death to Khamenei" #NancyPelosiFakeNews pic.twitter.com/zo44eB9OJM
— حشاشین (@Hashshaashin) January 13, 2020
— 🖤👑 فَرين (فريادزن) (@faryad_zan) January 13, 2020
Of course, leftists couldn’t handle this, and declared that the trend was being manufactured by the President himself, with all those commenting being simply bot accounts.
— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) January 13, 2020
1) Bot accounts get #NancyPelosiFakeNews trending.
2) You call them bots.
3) Bots say that you call everyone you disagree with bots.
4) They’re still bots.
This is 2020’s version of Soviet “Active Measures” propaganda tactics.
— JRehling (@JRehling) January 13, 2020
Iranians are Fighting for their Freedom
Like she is with most things, Pelosi is completely ignorant of the facts of the situation. She has no idea what the people of Iran are going through right now. An estimated 1,500 people have been killed by security forces are trying to quash the protests, and they’re still not stopping!
Pelosi should be standing by those fighting for their freedom, not dismissing them as just “students.” We are not their enemy, and they are not ours.