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Liberal Journalist Cheers as Iran’s Dictator Bashes Trump, Threatens America: ‘Drag Him King’

American magazine editor David Klion on Wednesday celebrated Iran’s supreme leader for condemning President Donald Trump and the United States. 

In a series of tweets earlier in the day, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei responded to Trump’s Twitter threat to make Iran “pay a very BIG PRICE” after a militia group the Islamic Republic backs stormed the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad.

Khamenei baselessly accused the United States of bombing the confederation of militias, known as the Popular Mobilization Forces or Hashd al-Shaabi, in order to bolster the Islamic State group. He mocked Trump as illogical and said the United States was powerless against Iran and despised by the world. And he warned Iran would “unhesitatingly confront & strike” the United States if it challenged Iran’s “interests, dignity, & glory.”

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Klion, an editor at the left-wing news magazine Jewish Currents, glibly responded to Khamenei’s ridicule of the president and the United States with the kind of internet slang progressive Twitter activists use to cheer each other on.

“Drag him king,” he said.

Conservatives slammed Klion as a deranged and treasonous for supporting Khamenei, an anti-American Islamic extremist leading a rhetorical and proxy war against the United States.

Data analyst Josh Jordan said Klion had been “broken by Trump.”

“Siding with the Iranian regime to own Trump,” marveled the Washington Examiner’s Siraj Hashmi.

“Praising an anti-Semitic, terror funding murder to own the cons,” added the Jewish Journal Aaron Bandler, referring to Iran’s backing of various terrorist groups and threats to destroy Israel.

Daily Wire editor Josh Hammer wondered, “How low can one go?”

Klion was initially unapologetic. He retweeted a number of his detractors and defenders and responded to Hammer by trashing the Daily Wire and its editor in chief, Ben Shapiro.

However, he later grudgingly clarified that he is “not, in fact, a fan of Iran’s Supreme Leader,” saying he had only been joking.


David Klion, Ali Khamenei and the American culture wars

While Klion is a relatively radical progressive voice, his willingness to cheerlead for Khamenei reflects the right’s longstanding criticism that “the left hates Trump more than they love America.”

A number of liberal commentators and Democrats rushed to blame the president for the attack on the embassy in Baghdad, with some calling it “Trump’s Benghazi.” Trump, though, responded with forceful rhetoric and military reinforcement, tweeting Tuesday that the situation was “The Anti-Benghazi!”

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Klion is also reflective of a partisan divide in American Jewry over whether Trump and the Israeli government are their protectors or their antagonists.

Last week, amid an ongoing surge of attacks on Jews in New York, Klion spoke out against increased police patrols in heavily Jewish Brooklyn neighborhoods, predicting that “people of color” would end up paying a “potentially fatal” price. He maintained his position even when, hours later, a machete-wielding attacker stabbed five Hasidic Jews at a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, Rockland County.

On Wednesday, the Iraqi demonstrators, many of them supporters of the Popular Mobilization Forces, ended their two-day siege of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, during which they had broken into the compound, set fires and thrown stones. Although they had disregarded orders from caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to withdraw on Tuesday, they almost immediately began dismantling tends they had pitched in response to the militia’s request.

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