The White House on Monday defended President Trump retweeting an image that showed two Democratic leaders edited into Muslim clothing with a backdrop of an Iranian flag after it prompted allegations of Islamophobia.
Trump on Monday morning shared the image from Twitter user @D0wn_Under, who tweeted it with the caption “The corrupted Dems trying their best to come to the Ayatollah’s rescue.”
— داون آندر (@D0wn_Under) January 13, 2020
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, asked on Fox News why Trump would take the time to retweet the image, said the president did so to accuse Democrats of siding with terrorists.
“I think the president is making clear that the Democrats are, have been parroting Iranian talking points and almost taking the side of terrorists and those who were out to kill the Americans,” Grisham said.
“I think the president was making the point that the Democrats seem to hate him so much that they’re willing to be on the side of countries and leadership of countries who want to kill Americans,” she added.
Activists and former government officials took to Twitter to condemn the tweet as anti-Muslim.
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