Following the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, reaction were seemingly split along partisan lines. While all agreed the Iranian was a dangerous man responsible for the deaths of scores of Americans, Democrats warned about the potential consequences.
Many in the GOP attempted to claim that Soleimani was bad on the scale of Osama bin Laden. Mike Pence even penned a largely inaccurate tweet tying the Iranian to 9/11. On Saturday, MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin blasted the Vice President saying he posted deliberately false information.
Pence tweeted on Friday, among many other things, that Soleimani, “assisted in the clandestine travel to Afghanistan of 10 of the 12 terrorists who carried out the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.”
Assisted in the clandestine travel to Afghanistan of 10 of the 12 terrorists who carried out the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) January 3, 2020
Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joy, Mohyeldin said, “I think, first of all, it is a low point in American politics when you’re exploiting 9/11 to achieve a policy objective that is totally manipulated.”
The anchor continued, “And let’s be very clear, Mike Pence’s tweet is factually wrong. Whether he did that unintentionally, I can’t imagine that the vice president sends out a tweet without five or six people around him debating, ‘hey, is this a smart decision or not,’ and doing it.”
Mohyeldin concluded, “It’s clearly distressing to think that we haven’t learned the lessons of 2003. When politicians stand up and lie to the American public about weapons of mass destruction, lie to us about intelligence, the come out and carry out an attack in a sovereign nation and turn around, say there’s an imminent attack, provide no evidence, no intelligence, and expect us all to believe it.”
Watch a clip of Mohyeldin’s remarks below, courtesy of MSNBC: