Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders compared President Donald Trump’s decision to order an airstrike on Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani to Russian President Vladimir Putin having dissidents executed.
During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Sanders said the killing of Soleimani will cause “chaos” and “instability.”
“This guy, you know, was, as bad as he was, an official of the Iranian government,” Sanders said of Soleimani. “And, you unleash—then, if China does that, you know, if Russia does that, you know, Russia has been implicated under Putin with assassinating dissidents. So, once you’re in the business of assassination, you unleash some very, very terrible forces. And, what I’m seeing now in this world as a result of Trump’s actions, more and more chaos, more and more instability.”
You can't make it up.
Bernie just compared @realDonaldTrump taking out a terrorist responsible for killing hundreds of thousands (including hundreds of Americans) to Putin assassinating his political dissidents. pic.twitter.com/F7awEJrwZm
— Michael Ahrens (@michael_ahrens) January 7, 2020
Whether one agrees with the Soleimani killing or not, Sanders’ comparison is objectively nonsensical. With the strike against Soleimani, the U.S. eliminated a military leader from an adversarial nation who was responsible for American deaths, which is obviously quite different than if the president had ordered the assassination of a domestic political opponent. (Read more from “Bernie Sanders Compares Trump Order to Kill Soleimani to Putin Assassinating Russian Dissidents” HERE)