Trump Use Of Doctored Pelosi-schumer Photo Draws Muslim Ire

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    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump circulated a fake image on Monday depicting congressional Democrats’ top-ranked leaders in traditional Muslim attire in front of the Iranian flag, drawing criticism that he was promoting Islamophobic tropes.

    The manipulated photo retweeted by Trump showed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in Muslim garb with the caption: “The corrupted Dems trying their best to come to the Ayatollah’s rescue #NancyPelosiFakeNews.” Trump, a Republican, had previously faulted Democrats for criticizing his administration’s targeted killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, but his use of Muslim imagery as part of that effort drew pushback from Muslim American advocates.

    “The image is a hodgepodge of anti-Muslim tropes and garb from many traditions including some that are frequently used to stereotype and attack Muslims,” Madihha Ahussain, special counsel at the nonprofit group Muslim Advocates, said in a statement. “It’s disappointing but not surprising that the president would use his massive Twitter platform to spread this kind of harmful, ignorant, anti-Muslim bigotry.”

    Wa’el Alzayat, CEO of the Muslim American group Emgage Action — named for its mission to engage Muslim Americans — also criticized Trump’s decision to amplify the doctored photo of Pelosi and Schumer. “There’s no place for it, irrespective of political differences,” he said in an interview.

    Schumer tweeted his own pushback to Trump, asking: “How low can you go?”

    The image that Trump retweeted has been circulating on the internet for a few days. The Twitter account that Trump got it from has a history of tweeting in both English and Persian about Iranian issues, promoting pro-Trump content and criticizing U.S. Democrats.

    White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham defended Trump’s retweet of the image, telling Fox News on Monday that the tweet was intended to show Democrats “have been parroting Iranian talking points, and almost taking the side of terrorists and those who were out to kill the Americans.”

    Democrats have raised questions about the Trump administration’s rationale for ordering the Soleimani killing, warning about the resulting heightened tensions with Iran. But no Democrats have praised Soleimani, and Pelosi herself described him last week as a “terrible person” who “did bad things.”

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    1. Tehran Nancy and Chucky Schmucky are siding with our enemies because they hate President Trump so much.

          • Not true! He refused to take a position to kiss up to Obama y”sh. at the 11th hour, once he was sure that there were enough votes to pass, he voted against it, knowing his vote didn’t matter. That’s devious and underhanded. Another great reason that he should be retired from public office. He has been a liar and cheat since getting into office. His “Shomer” Yisroel ruse didn’t fool anyone. If not for the Democratic machine, he would be driving car service. Meanwhile, he has supported every opportunity to embolden the terror loving regimes.

        • Repeating my comment to you earlier.

          Not true! He refused to take a position to kiss up to Obama y”sh. at the 11th hour, once he was sure that there were enough votes to pass, he voted against it, knowing his vote didn’t matter. That’s devious and underhanded. Another great reason that he should be retired from public office. He has been a liar and cheat since getting into office. His “Shomer” Yisroel ruse didn’t fool anyone. If not for the Democratic machine, he would be driving car service. Meanwhile, he has supported every opportunity to embolden the terror loving regimes.

    2. Let’s remember these yo backed obamas Iran deal turned their backs on protesters in early Obama presidency and still protect the murdering scum there
      So picture are worth a million words

    3. muslims were irked and said It’s disappointing but not surprising that the president would use his massive Twitter platform to spread this kind of harmful, ignorant, anti-Muslim bigotry.”
      just wondering about the poison lies that they spread all over the world about jews .does it irk them too ???phony

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