House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been trending on Twitter this week, but not for a very good reason on her behalf.
While sitting for an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week”, Pelosi tried to minimize the anti-Iranian regime protests that are currently happening in Iran. Because of this, #NancyPelosiFakeNews has been trending on Twitter since Sunday.
“The fact is this: there were protesters in the streets before against the regime,” Pelosi said. “After the taking out of Soleimani, there were protesters in the street joined together—as you know—against us, that wasn’t good.” But that's not how things really are.
Seems a bit different than the stories I’ve seen repeatedly in the media of how he was loved🤔...
He was loved like Al Baghdadi was an austere religious scholar. pic.twitter.com/trhqQlqHch
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 12, 2020
“But there are different reasons why people are in the street,” she added. “Of course we would love to see the aspirations of the people of Iran realized with a better situation there. But escalating the situation—unless we’ve exhausted every other remedy.”
Nancy Pelosi dismisses protests in Iran against regime, "different reasons why people are in the street"
Sad. It shouldn’t be this difficult. pic.twitter.com/xa9oOKrRSY
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) January 12, 2020
According to Newsweek,
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has come under fire on social media, accused of downplaying anti-regime protests in Iran which have erupted in response to the downing of a commercial jet carrying 176 people last week.
Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 was shot down by the Iranian military soon after taking off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini international airport. Iranian anti-aircraft troops destroyed the plane after incorrectly identifying it as an enemy military aircraft.
The regime in Tehran initially claimed the plane went down due to technical failure, but foreign intelligence reports eventually forced Iran to admit its troops were to blame. Dozens of Iranians were on board, and angry citizens have taken to the streets to vent their fury and demand justice. Some are even calling for the downfall of the regime.
Pelosi discussed the incident with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on This Week on Sunday. Stephanopoulos asked if she supported the anti-regime protesters and whether it would be a good thing if the regime did indeed fall.
"The protesters are protesting—as I understand it, this brand of protesters—about the fact that that plane went down," Pelosi said. "And many students were on that plane and these are largely students in the street."
That statement did go well for Pelosi either, recent videos have emerge of protestors tearing down images of Soleimani.
Check out how popular Soleimani is in Iran:
Protesters burn a billboard with Soleimani on it and chant:
“Soleimani and his leader Khamenei are killers” pic.twitter.com/5lwEsPxQbm
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 12, 2020