MSNBC host Chris Matthews may have lost his mind in a recent comparison he made on television Wednesday night. Matthews likened the reaction to Iranian General Qassem Soleimani’s death to those of iconic personas like Elvis Presley and Princess Diana.
I didn’t realize that being a terroristic military general from Iran was on par with being the “King of Rock ‘n Roll” or a beloved international icon like Princess Diana.
It was estimated that over a million people were walking the streets of Tehran for Soleimani’s funeral, but they might not all wanted to have been there.
Most are aware that the media has been putting together some more than questionable coverage regarding the death of Soleimani, but the “Hardball” host really took the cake on this one.
While hosting a panel on the show, Matthews stated the following:
“You know, when some people die, you don’t know what the impact is going to be. When Princess Diana died, for example, there was a huge emotional outpouring, Elvis Presley in our culture. It turns out that this general [President Trump] killed was a beloved hero of the Iranian people.”
Matthews then pointed to images of the crowds of people from Tehran, trying to back his claim of the celebrity status of the deceased terrorist. Sure, there were certainly thousands upon thousands of people who attended the funeral of Soleimani, but there was one important aspect missed when citing the massive turnout for the burial of the former General.
The government had actually forced all students and officials to attend the event, providing transportation and forcing local shops to close their doors during the whole ordeal.
It’s basically like when all the people in North Korea cried hysterically after Kim Jong Il passed away. Let’s be frank – we know fake tears when we see them.
What’s all the more curious about the response by hardcore leftists regarding the general’s death is that many Iranian-Americans aren’t mourning his passing.
Roxanne Mirzaee, who lives in Los Angeles, fled Iran 40 years ago to be able to freely express her opinions without the fear of execution. She spoke with USA Today after the drone strike that took out the general, saying that disapproving of Trump’s decision to strike Soleimani creates sympathy for the Iranian regime.
She even pointed out that Soleimani isn’t even the worst of them over there, saying: “There are hundreds worse than him.”
The online responses have been a mixture of reasonable outrage and jokes at the comparison, but the sarcastic ones have to be some of the best online comments ever. One user who goes by the online moniker of “Lt. Col. Griddle”, which is clearly a funny online handle and likely not of military background, is notorious for trolling the left.
When the user responded to the video posted online, he poked fun at the comparison of Elvis’ passing to that of Soleimani’s:
“Yeah, I remember when Elvis planted that roadside IED and tried to take out The Beatles.”
It’s nothing short of mind boggling that Iran has managed to gather support from individuals stateside. American citizens on the far left are seeing this general being killed as some kind of tragedy, but reasonable people aren’t losing a wink of sleep over it.
The general stems from the same kind of regime within the country that has killed roughly 1,500 protesters since November of last year. Then, after Iranian authorities gunned down protesters demonstrating, they also threatened the murdered demonstrators’ families from speaking to the media. Also, if threatening the surviving family members from speaking wasn’t enough, they also prohibited the families from holding funeral services for their lost loved ones. Such a wonderful regime over there.
The woke culture in America is so blinding to those embracing it that they don’t even realize they wouldn’t last a day if they walked the streets of Iran. One would hope that people will eventually catch on to how idiotic the notion is to be an American and mourn the death of Soleimani.
Since the airstrike that took out Soleimani went public, citizens on the left have been freaking out. And after making threats – whether they’re a “joke” or not – they’re finding themselves facing severe consequences.
A professor from Babson College, a business school based out of Wellesley, Massachusetts, was initially suspended and then eventually fired from his position after creating a post on Facebook asking Iran to launch an attack against America.
While the professor claimed it was a failed attempt at edgy humor, it looks like the college wanted nothing to do with jokes of that gravity.
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College Professor Asheen Phansey was initially suspended earlier this week from his post at Babson College, after he encouraged Iran to detail 52 American cultural sites that they would consider bombing. In his post on Facebook, he made some suggestions regarding the potential targets like the Mall of American or the Kardashian residence.
Based upon a report by the New York Post, Phansey functioned as the Babson College Director of Sustainability. When Phansey posted the encouragement of violence against America, it was clear that it was in response to President Donald Trump’s Twitter post where the president mentioned that the United States was targeting 52 Iranian sites in response to threats from Iranian officials.
The tweet by the president on January 4th read: “Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have….targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!”
When Phansey took to Facebook to try and parody the tweet from Trump, you can see the obvious parallels between the subject matter and verbiage. Whether an attempt at humor or not, there’s nothing really funny about suggesting acts of terror against the United States:
“In retaliation, Ayatollah Khomenei [sic] should tweet a list of 52 sites of beloved American cultural heritage that he would bomb. Um… Mall of America? Kardashian residence?”
The college was swift to react to the egregious posting online, immediately suspending the faculty member upon discovery.
The school strongly condemned Phansey’s post in a statement following his suspension:
“Babson College condemns any type of threatening words and/or actions condoning violence and/or hate. This particular post from a staff member on his personal Facebook page clearly does not represent the values and culture of Babson College.”
The tarnished professor made an attempt at an apology regarding the post, describing it as a failed conveyance of humor. He went on the defensive, saying that it was never meant to be an actual threat against the United States:
“I regret my bad attempt at humor. As an American, born and raised, I was trying to juxtapose our ‘cultural sites’ with ancient Iranian churches and mosques. I am completely opposed to violence and would never advocate it by anyone. I am sorry that my sloppy humor was read as a threat. I condemn all acts of violence.”
It looks like Phansey’s apology failed as bad as his “joke” on Facebook. What started out as a paid leave for the professor escalated into a full-blown termination. Babson College released a statement this past Thursday stating the following:
“Babson College conducted a prompt and thorough investigation related to a post shared on a staff member’s personal Facebook page that does not represent the values and culture of the College. Based on the results of the investigation, the staff member is no longer a Babson College employee.”
Apparently Phansey was so taken aback by the decision that he couldn’t even muster up the courage to deliver his own statement. A spokesman representing Phansey stated the following on his behalf, after getting word of the dismissal:
“I am disappointed and saddened that Babson has decided to abruptly terminate my 15-year relationship with the college just because people willfully misinterpreted a joke I made to my friends on Facebook.”