A long-time liberal hero led a room full of students declaring death to the U.S. during a speech on Monday, but so far, the sounds of chirping crickets are coming from Democrat side of the aisle.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan was speaking to University of Tehran law school students when he condemned America for re-imposing sanctions on a nation long-accused of supporting terrorism. The economic sanctions against Iran went into place on Monday, according to Fox News, driving a dagger into the heart of former President Obama’s 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Appearing on the Islamic Republic’s state TV as he spoke, 85-year-old Farrakhan told students that “American has never been a democracy,” Fox News.
“Today, I warn the American government that sanctioning Iran is a big mistake,” he also said in a separate interview on TV.
But it was the chant he led with the students in Farsi that was the real kicker.
“Death to…” he began.
“...America,” the audience finished.
Iranian news agencies reported that he also lead a “Death to Israel!” chant — not surprising considering his long anti-Semitic history. Farrakhan also said that all black Americans should consider themselves part of the Islamic Revolution.
“When will the democrats disavow this guy? Answer: NEVER,” Donald Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who happens to be a good friend of Roseanne Barr, pointed out how former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama had no problem appearing with Farrakhan. Numerous Democratic leaders also showed no hesitancy in sharing a stage with Farrakhan at Aretha Franklin’s funeral. And Critics have pointed out that Sen. Cory Booker in 2016 chose to post a picture of Farrakhan being honored when he was celebrating the Million Man March.
Liberals were being closed-mouth about Farrakhan’s “Death to America” chant on Monday, including Women’s March co-found Linda Sarsour. Sarsour is a pro-Palestinian activist who has praised Farrakhan repeatedly and rallies with Democrats like New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Many Americans weren’t happy with Farrakhan’s words on Monday: