Trump’s Twitter pal claims Iranians would greet US invasion ‘with open arms’
Wohl, 20, tweeted that Iranian people are sending him direct messages “all the time” professing that they wish the United States would “bomb their country” in order to provoke regime change. In another tweet, Wohl said the Iranian people would welcome and invasion led by the US and Israel “with open arms.”
Iranian people DM me all the time and tell me that they wish America would bomb their country to help topple their murderous regime— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) May 1, 2018
But Twitter wants proof. Skeptical users responded to Wohl’s claim, suggesting he might not be telling the truth. One person, who also seems to be a Trump supporter, asked if Wohl could perhaps post screenshots of the messages. “Start posting those,” he wrote. “Would like to see them.”
Sure they do. Do you also get email from Nigerian princes?— Lee Noll (@FireMarshalLee) May 1, 2018
Start posting those, would like to see them— Chris (@lilchriss2316) May 1, 2018
Other users mocked Wohl by posting images of the not-so-nice direct messages they sent him after the tweet.
Wohl, who has been re-tweeted by Trump on several occasions, is the founder of the conservative website The Washington Reporter, where he pens articles with headlines like “It’s Time to Mercilessly Bomb Iran” and “For Jews, Supporting Trump is a Moral Imperative”.
Last year, Bloomberg editor Joe Weisenthal joked on Twitter that Wohl might be in line for a job as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve. But Wohl wasn’t joking when he told Bloomberg that “anything could happen” and that, if an opportunity arose to work in the White House, he would “look at it closely.”
Wohl's suggestion that Iranians would welcome an invasion with "open arms" is reminiscent of comments made by former US Vice President Dick Cheney in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
"My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators," Cheney said at the time. To say it didn’t quite play out like that would be an understatement.
At the time of writing, Wohl has not produced any evidence that scores of Iranians are sending him messages begging for a US invasion. So, we can probably file this one under ‘fake news.’
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