Outspoken Democrats — from far-left “Squad” members to 2020 presidential hopefuls — wasted little time Saturday in denouncing President Trump’s warning to Iran about possible retaliation for the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., answered by calling the president a “monster.”
“This is a war crime,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Threatening to target and kill innocent families, women and children — which is what you’re doing by targeting cultural sites – does not make you a ‘tough guy,’ It does not make you ‘strategic.’ It makes you a monster.”
This is a war crime.
Threatening to target and kill innocent families, women and children – which is what you’re doing by targeting cultural sites – does not make you a “tough guy.”
It does not make you “strategic.”
It makes you a monster. https://t.co/IjkNO8BD07
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 5, 2020
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., accused Trump of “threatening to commit war crimes.” “God help us all!” she added.
The President of the United States is threatening to commit war crimes on Twitter.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 5, 2020
Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., expressed a similar message.
“You are threatening to commit war crimes,” Warren wrote. “We are not at war with Iran. The American people do not want a war with Iran. This is a democracy. You do not get to start a war with Iran, and your threats put our troops and diplomats at greater risk. Stop.”
You are threatening to commit war crimes. We are not at war with Iran. The American people do not want a war with Iran. This is a democracy. You do not get to start a war with Iran, and your threats put our troops and diplomats at greater risk. Stop. pic.twitter.com/RoXRgb9GsK
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) January 5, 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden accused the president of “irrational” behavior.
“The more the walls close in on this guy, the more irrational he becomes,” Biden wrote.
The more the walls close in on this guy, the more irrational he becomes. https://t.co/Nba7Color1
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 5, 2020
In his message Saturday, Trump had warned Iran that the U.S. had already identified 52 sites in the country that its military could target in the event of a retaliatory Iranian strike against the U.S.
….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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2020
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had said “harsh retaliation is waiting” for the United States after Trump ordered an airstrike that killed Soleimani in Baghdad early Friday.
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