Donald Trump has tweeted that Iran would “suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before” if its president, Hassan Rouhani, were ever – EVER – to repeat his claim that war with Iran would be “the mother of all wars”.
Even by Trump’s standards, the tweet’s quite something.
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
As Twitter has been banned in Iran since 2009 and Trump neglected to @ the Iranian president, this is probably the largest scale subtweet in the site’s history. However, even as the enticing prospect of a gruelling Middle Eastern war (or a conveniently manufactured distraction from Paul Manafort’s trial this week, depending on your ratio of cynicism to terror) rears again, Twitter’s first reaction was to parody the tweet.
Dear Mister "I'm Too Good To Call Or Write My Fans", https://t.co/NJMyXjKB8t
— the horse chelator (@Mobute) July 23, 2018
This feels more like a DM. https://t.co/n0PGQJoqLD
— (((New York actor))) (@JoshMalina) July 23, 2018
Many thanks to the national security operative that keeps pretending to Trump that caps-lock is "the button". https://t.co/VRqDDuZF51
— David Allen Green (@davidallengreen) July 23, 2018
Open the sarcophagus they said. What's the worst that could happen they said. https://t.co/izEWiSOAwK
— Adam Liaw (@adamliaw) July 23, 2018
We are at CAPSLOCK 1 https://t.co/DtlNeuWSiB
— Trumpton (@Trump_ton) July 23, 2018
REMEMBER THE LAST GUY WHO THREATENED US? HE GOT A ONE-ON-ONE SUMMIT WITH THE US PRESIDENT, A REDUCTION IN REGIONAL MILITARY PRESSURE, KEPT HIS NUCLEAR PROGRAM, AND GAVE UP ABSOLUTELY NOTHING https://t.co/lqVQ6KK8Fq
— Robert Armstrong (@rbrtrmstrng) July 23, 2018
Sir, this is a Wendy’s drive-thru. https://t.co/uSFwdHWOGH
— Ben Yelin (@byelin) July 23, 2018
A woman would have been too emotional to be president tho https://t.co/ic7MC2Cyiz
— Laura 'Ban the Nazis' Shortridge (@DiscordianKitty) July 23, 2018
Trump was reacting to comments Rouhani made yesterday. “America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” Rouhani said. The state news agency IRNA reported Rouhani as saying: “Mr Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret.”
Relations with Iran have been particularly strained since the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the Obama-era deal on Iran’s nuclear development programme, which lifted international sanctions in return for co-operation. Washington, however, pulled out in May and is reapplying sanctions.