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“VENGEANCE IS INEVITABLE”: Iran’s leader suspended from Twitter after threatening Trump

The Twitter account of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has been suspended after the Ayatollah threatened Donald Trump over last year’s killing of Qassem Souleimani.

The post features a depiction of Trump on a golf course, overshadowed by a warplane or military drone, with a caption that reads “Vengeance is inevitable” in Farsi, with the word “vengeance” highlighted in red. “Soleimani’s murderer and he who ordered it will have to pay”.

Iran and the Trump administration often locked horns throughout the Republican president’s four years in office, which culminated in the US killing of top Iranian military leader Qassem Souleimani, who Trump said was “directly and indirectly responsible for the deaths of millions of people”.

Iran retaliated at the time, launching a barrage of missiles at an airbase in Iraq which contained US troops, vowing “severe revenge.”

Users immediately began to respond to the Ayatollah’s latest threat, highlighting Twitter’s double standard for banning Trump because of “violent incitement”, and yet allowing thinly-veiled death threats against him on their platform.

After 17 hours and significant pressure Twitter ultimately suspended the Ayatollah’s account.

However, it was pointed out that the Ayatollah merely received a temporary ban, which he has received before for saying UK vaccines are unreliable, while Donald Trump’s ban remains permanent.

Other users pointed out that Iran’s supreme leader continues to have other accounts which remain untouched on the site.

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