GOP Slams Biden for Condolences to Iranian Leader Known for Terror Ties

The Biden administration faced criticism from congressional Republicans after offering condolences for the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, also known as the “Butcher of Tehran.” House Majority Whip Tom Emmer denounced the administration’s statement, calling it absurd to support human rights and offer condolences for someone with such a notorious reputation. Officials defended the statement, noting that the U.S. had previously expressed condolences for controversial figures such as Josef Stalin and Hugo Chavez.

Republican lawmakers condemned the Biden administration for appearing to sympathize with Raisi, citing his history of human rights abuses, support for terrorist groups, and inflammatory remarks about Israel. Senators and representatives expressed outrage and disappointment, calling the administration’s gesture a disgrace and an affront to true supporters of human rights worldwide. The U.N. Security Council and the International Atomic Energy Authority also faced criticism for pausing to observe a moment of silence in remembrance of Raisi.

The Republican Jewish Coalition and the Zionist Organization of America joined in the condemnation, questioning why the administration would extend official condolences to a leader with a track record of supporting terrorism and perpetrating human rights abuses. Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Gilad Erdan denounced the U.N.’s tribute to Raisi, highlighting the violence and suffering caused by the Iranian leader. Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Authority, shared his condolences and observed a moment of silence during a conference in Vienna, drawing further criticism from readers who pointed out Raisi’s controversial and deadly legacy.

Overall, the Biden administration’s expression of condolences for Raisi’s death sparked widespread backlash from conservative voices for seemingly sympathizing with a leader known for his oppressive regime and support of terrorist activities around the world.

Written by Staff Reports

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