Iran’s former president wrote a letter to Trump recently. Having had no reply, he’s begun tweeting. What could possibly go wrong?
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: ‘Surely it’s only a matter of days before we see him mention @realDonaldTrump, potentially sparking a clash of two of the world’s most famous rabble rousers.’
Less than two months into his presidency, Donald Trump has already outperformed his Iranian rival in demagoguery, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, making him look like a novice. No wonder the two-term president thinks he has some catching-up to do.
He published an 11-second-long video on Twitter on Sunday, urging people to follow his newly opened account, and leaving no doubt that the “husband, dad, grandfather, university professor, president, mayor, proud Iranian” behind @Ahmadinejad1956 is authentic. Had he not offered proof, it would have been almost impossible to tell it from the many parody accounts under his name.
His use of English in that video, albeit quite basic and disjointed, suggests that this will be a platform to project his views to the outside world. Surely it’s only a matter of days before we see him mention @realDonaldTrump, potentially sparking a clash of two of the world’s most famous rabble rousers.
But perhaps they will get on. There are, after all, many similarities between the two men. They were both anti-establishment candidates. When Ahmadinejad ran for his first term, in 2005, he was seen as “a man of the people” and someone not corrupted, like the elite. Both men rely heavily on an inner circle of trusted advisers. While Trump has Steve Bannon, Ahmadinejad had Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, his closest aide and a hugely controversial figure. Both seem invincible in interviews and have an extraordinary ability to lure the media.
Source By https://www.theguardian.com