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Iran’s Supreme Leader Tweets About Masks Protecting Iranians. Ric Grenell: ‘Do You Wear A Mask When You Push Gays Off Buildings?’
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell waits for the arrival of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
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Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany and acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell, who harbors no illusions about the brutality of the Iranian theocratic regime, blasted a succinct and powerful response when Iran’s Supreme Leader issued a tweet decrying those who do not wear masks, ostensibly because he cared about the health and welfare of the Iranian people.

Iranian Supreme Leader Imam Sayyid Ali Khamenei decided to pontificate about the need for wearing masks in Iran due to the coronavirus. Khameini tweeted, “I definitely wear a mask in meetings, but I see that some of the officials are not using masks. When you are one of the officials and you don’t wear a mask in assemblies or in the public, this negativity affects people’s behavior. They become encouraged to not wear masks either.”

On Sunday, Grenell fired back, “Do you wear a mask when you push gays off buildings?”

In June 2019, Iranian Foreign Minister Javid Zarif was asked by a reporter for the mass circulation German paper Bild, “How do you deal with the executions of gays?” He reportedly answered, “Our society has moral principles, and according to these principles we live. These are moral principles regarding the behavior of people in general. And that’s because the law is upheld and you abide by laws.”

In response, Grenell told The Jerusalem Post: “The UN’s Declaration of Human Rights makes clear that these answers from the Iranian regime are violating basic UN principles. UN members should agree with the Declaration in order to be members. Criminalizing homosexuality violates the Declaration, plain and simple.”

Grenell wrote in Bild in February 2019, “The recent press reports, first carried by The Jerusalem Post, that the Iranian regime publicly hanged a 31-year-old man for being gay, should be a wake-up call for anyone who supports basic human rights. Politicians, the UN, democratic governments, diplomats and good people everywhere should speak up – and loudly. In Iran, where children as young as nine can be sentenced to death, gay teenagers are publicly hanged in order to terrify and intimidate others from coming out. Iran’s horrific actions are on par with the brutality and savagery regularly demonstrated by ISIS.”

On Sunday, Grenell noted that Twitter does seem to have its priorities twisted, as he targeted Khameini again, tweeting, “Twitter employs people to investigate complaints about Americans’ tweets. But @twitter allows Iran’s Supreme Leader to spew hate everyday. @jack.”

On June 27, Grenell noted, “One of the reasons I joined @parler_app was because when I call for the condemnation of the Muslim Brotherhood on Twitter for saying gay people should be killed/set on fire, @Twitter launches an investigation of me for being mean to the Muslim Brotherhood. I’m not intimidated!”

In November 2019, when massive protests erupted against the despotic Iranian regime and the Iranian government imposed a virtually universal blackout on the internet, Grenell tweeted, “We have the technical ability to turn on the internet for the people of Iran. And ensure it is free of government blockers. Europe and America should do it together.”

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