Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad condemned Canada’s crackdown on the Canadian trucker ‘Freedom Convoy’ questioning how it squares with freedom of speech or choice.
In a social media post that left viewers wondering if they’ve entered the fictional Marvel multiverse, Ahmadinejad railed against the “violent” actions being taken to break up the peaceful convoy by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“The Violent crackdown on [the Freedom Convoy] has nothing to do with freedom of speech and human rights,” he tweeted. “How coercion could be related to liberty [and] freedom of choice?”
He included the hashtag #TruckersForFreedom hashtag in his post.
Look – I am by no means so easily duped as to fail in recognizing that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is simply stirring up trouble by trying to make leaders in the West look foolish or even to incite backlash.
This is, after all, the same man whose security forces crushed protests against his 2009 re-election.
Ahmadinejad shouldn’t even have a platform on Twitter considering his views on the destruction of Israel and being a prominent Holocaust denier.
But the fact that his comments have the optics of looking stronger than most American lawmakers in condemning Trudeau is utterly remarkable.
They have been threatened with seizure of their vehicles, fines, revocation of their licenses. Children have been used as pawns. Authorities have even threatened to seize truckers’ pets.
The former leader of Iran’s comments led one reader to tweet with surprise: “Ahmadinejad and Ilhan Omar are in our corner.”
That comment is in reference to the fact that far-left Representative Omar (D-MN) criticized reporters who are targeting and harassing donors to the Canadian trucker ‘Freedom Convoy.’
In referencing a cafe owner who was forced to close her business following threats when her name was leaked in a hacked data breach of donors to the protest, Omar suggested reporters should maybe pump the brakes on the harassment.
“I fail to see why any journalist felt the need to report on a shop owner making such a[n] insignificant donation rather than to get them harassed,” Omar tweeted.
“It’s unconscionable and journalists need to do better.”
The most confounding question here is how did Mahmoud Ahmadinejad get out in front of a majority of Republicans in voicing something they should be condemning all day, every day, in regards to Canada and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?
Law Professor Ryan Alford slammed Trudeau in a recent op-ed for invoking the Emergencies Act, “giving him broad emergency powers to quash a nonviolent protest of truckers opposing vaccine mandates.”
Alford notes that such actions were designed to combat terrorism, not peaceful protests, and is “clearly unconstitutional.”
This seems like something aligned with conservative causes – adherence to the Constitution, protection of free speech, protesting against government overreach – that Republican lawmakers could really latch on to.
So where the hell are they? If this isn’t a hill to die on, what is?
Republicans seemed a little more vociferous in the early stages of the protest. On February 4th, former President Donald Trump slammed “far-left lunatic” Justin Trudeau.
“The Freedom Convoy is peacefully protesting the harsh policies of far-left lunatic Justin Trudeau who has destroyed Canada with insane Covid mandates,” he said in a statement.
Trump, unfortunately, isn’t in power. Those who are in power really need to step up their game.
Maine State Representative Sherman Hutchins had the courage to call Trudeau out for his actions saying they are leading to “the impending death of the Canadian democracy.”
Hutchins called the Prime Minister “Dictator Trudeau” and accused him of “demanding blind obedience” and using “excessive force and arrest to silence peaceful protesters.”
Beyond that, there have been crickets coming from Republican lawmakers or politicians over the past week.
What? It was safe to support the ‘Freedom Convoy’ when it first started but now we give Trudeau a little wink and a nod, giving him a pass to end it by any means necessary?
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been one of the few voices with the moral conviction to speak out against Trudeau’s actions.
“This is a peaceful, political protest. No one has shown any evidence to the contrary. It’s not a drug trafficking or human trafficking operation. It’s not Al Qaeda,” Carlson told his audience.
“These are Canadian citizens who drive trucks for a living, but they’re being treated like a terror group.”
Also having a more solid backbone than the current Republican Party? Joel Lightbound, a lawmaker for Trudeau’s Liberal Party.
Lightbound resigned after accusing Trudeau of dividing the Canadian people and slammed the Prime Minister for “demonizing” protesters as ‘swastika wavers.’
“I can’t help but notice with regret that both the tone and the policies of my government have changed drastically since the last election campaign. It went from a more positive approach to one that stigmatizes and divides people,” Lightbound said.
“It’s becoming harder and harder to know when public health stops and where politics begins,” he added. “It’s time to stop dividing Canadians and pitting one part of the population against another.”
Members of the Liberal Party of Canada have found a voice of opposition to Trudeau. Ilhan Omar has found a voice of opposition to the media. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad somehow found a voice to criticize Canada.
Where are the Republican voices?
“Always stand on principle … even if you stand alone,” John Adams, one of this nation’s founding fathers once said.
It’s time to stand up. It’s time to fight for your principle beliefs.
And when you do, you surely will not be standing alone.
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