#IVotedForHillaryClinton Backfires When Clips of Her Talking About What She Would Do to Iran Resurface

Posted: Jan 08, 2020 2:45 PM
#IVotedForHillaryClinton Backfires When Clips of Her Talking About What She Would Do to Iran Resurface

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The hashtag #IvotedforHillaryClinton began to trend on Twitter Wednesday after Iran launched more than two dozen ballistic missiles at U.S. forces in Iraq Tuesday night, increasing tensions with America.

Clinton supporters said their "conscience is clean” having foreseen the “danger of Trump.” Others, meanwhile, said the U.S. would never have gotten to this place with Iran had she been elected, pointing to her 2016 statement that, “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”

Apparently, however, many Clinton voters have a short memory, including about how she vowed on more than one occasion to attack Iran.

Iran's latest ballistic missile attack came after the U.S. conducted an airstrike that killed Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, a move Defense Secretary Mark Esper fiercely defended.

"Soleimani was a terrorist leader of a U.S. designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. He’s been conducting terrorist activities against us and our coalition partners for over 20 years," Esper said Tuesday. "He has the blood of hundreds of American soldiers on his hands and wounded thousands more. And we could talk about the mayhem he has caused against the Syrian people, the people of Lebanon, even his own people in Iran."

"This sense that somehow taking, somebody who by the way over the last few months had planned, orchestrated and/or resourced attacks against the United States that resulted in the killing of an American and the siege of our embassy in Baghdad, and was in Baghdad to coordinate additional attacks, to somehow suggest that he wasn’t a legitimate target I think is fanciful. He was clearly on the battlefield. He was conducting or preparing, planning military operations. He was a legitimate target, and his time was due," Esper continued.

On Wednesday, President Trump announced the United States would be imposing “additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime." He also said the U.S. "is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it."

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the regime does "not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression."