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.”
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.”
If your reaction to Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei trashing the President of the United States is "Drag him, king," you have been broken by Trump and don't even know it.
For all of the talk of people that will blindly defend Trump's worst qualities, don't forget people like this. pic.twitter.com/8BIXxFnkNh
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) January 2, 2020
“Siding with the Iranian regime to own Trump,” marveled the Washington Examiner’s Siraj Hashmi.
Siding with the Iranian regime to own Trump pic.twitter.com/mx9PGv11fJ
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) January 1, 2020
Praising an anti-Semitic, terror-funding murderer to own the cons https://t.co/bc7IfhU2rH
— Aaron Bandler (@bandlersbanter) January 1, 2020
Daily Wire editor Josh Hammer wondered, “How low can one go?”
Leftist blue checkmark encourages the Iranian ayatollah, whom he refers to as “king," to “drag” the president of the United States.
How low can one go? https://t.co/zXt9vRc6m3
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) January 1, 2020
However, he later grudgingly clarified that he is “not, in fact, a fan of Iran’s Supreme Leader,” saying he had only been joking.
I guess today I am obligated to clarify that I am not, in fact, a fan of Iran’s Supreme Leader, and that my Twitter reply to him urging him to “drag” our stupid president was meant ironically, in jest. My apologies to the zero people alive who sincerely believed otherwise.
— David Klion? (@DavidKlion) January 1, 2020
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!”
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.
You're a fool, Klion.
Delete your account. Resign from Jewish Currents. STFU and slink away. pic.twitter.com/zaO38abG6E
— Shmarya Rosenberg (@Shmarya) December 29, 2019
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.