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COVID 19: Trump and Iran’s Ayatollahs

How the supreme leaders of Iran and the U.S. handled the COVID 19 challenge: A short comparative study

Credit: CJ Hanevy


  • Trump called coronavirus a Democratic hoax and the China Virus. Iran’s Ayatollahs prove their ability to match him blow-by-blow – calling it an American creation.
  • Like Trump, Iranian leaders don't just have a surreal, but counter-real relationship to the truth.
  • Trump claimed he had tremendous control of coronavirus. Likewise, Iran’s Ayatollahs boasted success in controlling the spread -- despite rising deaths and infections.

When it comes to dealing with the Coronavirus, Trump first called it a Democratic hoax spread by the fake media. When he was finally — and much too late — pushed to action, he blamed former President Obama for the crisis.

Then, he spoke of the miracle cures to the virus (based on two existing malaria drugs), when neither has been clinically tested. Thereafter, he had the U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo once again introduce references to the “Deep” State Department, which were completely unrelated to the issue at hand.

As for the effectiveness of malaria drugs, he was quickly and in front of the very same cameras set straight by the country’s lead virologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, currently the director at National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

When Trump made his “deep state” remark, Dr. Fauci was shown first snickering at the remark then putting his palm in front of his face in utter embarrassment as he stood right behind Trump.

And now Fauci finds himself faced with death threats by Trump-worshipping forces. The stunner, however, is not even those death threats, but the fact the U.S. President has so far not seen fit to at least disavow his self-acclaimed avengers.

How the Ayatollahs mimicked Trump (and vice versa)

Tracing the Iranian side’s comparative ineptness, the Ayatollahs prove their ability to match Trump blow-by-blow. While Trump has called it the “China Virus,” Khamenei referred to it, predictably enough, as an American creation.

And, despite knowing about the presence of Coronavirus in Iran, the country’s top leaders kept the news from Iranian people in order to not interrupt parliamentary elections and the celebration of the 41st Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

Iran’s religious crew must have had the smile of brotherhood on their faces when Trump declared the following:

It is my great honor to declare Sunday, March 15th as a National Day of Prayer. We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these…

A surreal approach to the truth

Like Trump, Iranian leaders don’t just have a surreal – but counter-real – relationship to the truth. For example, they boasted success in controlling the spread of the virus despite rising deaths and infections.

As Mr. Rouhani put it during the Iranian New Year’s celebration: “Our nation has managed to reach its goals, despite difficulties … Iran will overcome the coronavirus with unity.”

Echoed Trump: “It’s a very contagious virus. It’s incredible. But it’s something we have tremendous control of.”

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About Stephan Richter

Director of the Global Ideas Center, a global network of authors and analysts, and Editor-in-Chief of The Globalist.

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