On CNN, Christiane Amanpour interviewed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. You’d think there would be warnings of “death to Israel” or references to the U.S. as “the Great Satan,” at least if you listen to Republican stereotypes of Iranians.
What Amanpour found was quite the opposite. Instead of an angry and determined dictator, Rouhani was filled with humor, especially toward the GOP presidential field.
Sometimes when I would have time some of [the Republican presidential debates were] broadcast live and I would watch it,” Rouhani told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “Some of it was quite laughable. It was very strange, the things that they spoke of.”
“Some of them wouldn’t even know where Tehran was in relation to Iran,” the president said with a smile. “Some of them wouldn’t know where Iran was geographically, not distinguishing that one is the capital of the other. What they spoke of was quite far away from the truth.”
“So, the people of Iran were looking at it as a form of entertainment, if you will, and found it laughable,” he added.
Source: Crooks and Liars
It is laughable, unless you are an American. Just a few years ago, Mike Judge’s movie Idiocracy was a comedy with some truth. Now, it’s truth with a little bit of comedy. Most Republicans, and for that matter, most Americans, couldn’t find Iran on a map, let alone prevent them from having nuclear weapons.
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