For all of Donald Trump’s bluster about foreign nations, whether they be American allies or enemies, his gripes have always been the same. In his stated view, various foreign regimes are either threatening the United States, endangering the United States, or trying to rip off the United States. Even when he’s griped about brutal authoritarian regimes such as North Korea, he’s rarely touched on how those leaders treat their own people. He’s certainly never rooted for those protesting against a foreign regime – until now. Suddenly he’s obsessed with doing so, but only in one nation in particular.
It began on December 29th, when Trump tweeted this: “Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching!” Since that time he’s tweeted about Iranian protesters near constantly, mentioning “Iran” eleven times in four days, every time in support of the protests. Why does he suddenly care so much about these protesters and their rights?
The answer, of course, is that he doesn’t. Trump couldn’t care less about civil rights or governmental abuses. He’s routinely attacked those Americans who have peacefully protested against his abuses. He’s made that clear in the authoritarian manner in which he’s tried to run the U.S. government, and in his total lack of regard for such things anywhere else in the world over the past year. He certainly doesn’t care about the well-being of Muslim people anywhere. Trump doesn’t want the Iranian government to give its people increased civil rights. He wants a civil war in Iran, or at least a brutal government crackdown against the protesters.
There are two reasons for this, one political, the other financial. Donald Trump’s failed presidency is on his itsl last legs. He’d love to invade Iran as a distraction, but he knows he lacks the political muscle to get away with it. Instead he’s hoping to help plunge Iran into civil unrest so he can make moderate Americans too afraid of the Iranian regime to focus on his own crimes. Trump and his family are also deeply in bed financially with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, who wants Iran destabilized so he doesn’t have to compete with Iran in the oil market. Trump is trying to get those Iranian protesters killed, so he can profit from it.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report