Given the perpetual opposition and organized #Resistance to every action taken by President Donald Trump by much of the Democratic Party, the many critiques from the left of the president’s ordered airstrike that took out top Iranian military Gen. Qassem Soleimani were not entirely unexpected.
That said, the lengths to which some Democrats have gone in appearing to actually side with Iran against Trump have nonetheless been shocking. Case in point were the remarks on Wednesday from a rising “star” in the Democrat Party, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA), who accused President Trump of “assassinating” Soleimani for no justifiable reason and with no evidence that he posed any threat to Americans, Breitbart reported.
Ignorning Soleimani’s past
The congresswoman’s comments came during a joint news conference with a number of her Democrat colleagues following a closed-door classified briefing from top administration officials detailing the operation to take out Soleimani and the belief that he had been coordinating and plotting an “imminent” terrorist attack against Americans and American interests in the Middle East.
Jayapal, who co-chairs the House Progressive Caucus of leftist representatives, appeared to dismiss out of hand the information that was presented in the briefing and strongly implied that President Trump had acted illegally and without merit in his decision to take out Soleimani.
It is worth remembering that Soleimani had been officially deemed a “terrorist” during the Obama administration and had long been considered a serious threat to American interests.
As commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Soleimani was widely believed to have been behind the deaths of hundreds of U.S. soldiers during the Iraq War and the wounding of thousands more via Iranian-supplied roadside bombs and Iranian-backed Shiite militias.
Furthermore, Soleimani was tied to a recent deadly attack on a U.S. base in northern Iraq that killed an American contractor and wounded several U.S. servicemembers as well as the failed attempt to breach the American embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, just one day prior to the airstrike that killed him.
Jayapal continued, telling reporters during the news conference, “This is the result of reckless actions by President Trump of military brinksmanship.”
“President Trump recklessly assassinated Qassem Soleimani. He had no evidence of an imminent threat or attack, and we say that coming from a classified briefing where, again, there was no raw evidence presented that there was an imminent threat,” she opined.
The congresswoman proceeded to complain that Trump hadn’t first consulted with or sought authorization from Congress before taking action — which he’s not required to do — and suggested that, rather than make the world a safer place by killing a sadistic terrorist, he actually placed more American lives in danger with his decision.
Siding with America’s enemies
Unfortunately, Rep. Jayapal is not alone in seemingly defending Iran and Soleimani against the person she views as the true evil, as a number of other prominent elected Democrats also put forward a similar anti-Trump narrative following the briefing, which was documented by Breitbart.
Sadly, the hate for Trump held by some on the left has become so all-consuming that they will actually side with our nation’s avowed enemies in order to continue their attempts to thwart the president at every turn.