Republicans blast Biden administration for offering 'condolences' over 'Butcher of Tehran's' death

 May 22, 2024

Republican leaders called the Biden administration's condolences over the death of the "Butcher of Tehran," Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash on Sunday "a new low" and "outrageous."

The State Department under Antony Blinken released a statement Monday that said, "The United States expresses its official condolences for the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian, and other members of their delegation in a helicopter crash in northwest Iran. As Iran selects a new president, we reaffirm our support for the Iranian people and their struggle for human rights and fundamental freedoms."

Raisi and Iran's foreign minister were pronounced dead after foggy weather caused the crash in a mountainous area of Northern Iran.

"Ebrahim Raisi was known as the ‘Butcher of Tehran’ for a REASON. He was an evil tyrant who persecuted & killed thousands of innocent Iranians & was a protégé of the Ayatollah himself," Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) wrote on X Tuesday. "The United States SHOULD NOT be sending condolences. The world is a safer place WITHOUT him."

More outrage

House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) called the State Department’s message "unacceptable, unnecessary, and outrageous."

"Biden’s State Department expressing condolences for the death of a brutal and monstrous enemy of America who tortured and killed his own people and led the charge to fund terrorist proxies around the world that have killed American soldiers is a new low for Joe Biden," Stefanik said in a statement.

"Sec. Blinken’s weak leadership and eagerness to appease the hostile Iranian regime reflects Biden’s policy of rolling over for our nation's adversaries," she added.

House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) told Fox Digital, "It is absurd that the Biden administration touted their support for human rights while, in the same breath, offering official condolences for the ‘Butcher of Tehran.’ Clearly, the Democrat Party of today has become the pro-terrorist party."

Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) said the Biden administration should "publicly denounce" Iran's regime instead of offering condolences, and should return to "the Trump Admin’s campaign of maximum pressure."

Doubling down

State Department Spokesperson Matt Miller defended the condolences during a Monday press briefing.

“We have been quite clear that Ebrahim Raisi was a brutal participant in the repression of the Iranian people for nearly four decades,” he said. “That said, we regret any loss of life. We don’t want to see anyone die in a helicopter crash. But that doesn’t change the reality of his record, both as a judge and as the president of Iran and the fact that he has blood on his hands.”

Miller said the administration's position on Iran has not changed.

While that position may surprise some Democrats, most people knew that Biden and his cabinet have been way too easy on Iran, easing sanctions in hopes that the brutal regime would voluntarily return to compliance with provisions of the 2015 agreement entered into by then-President Barack Obama, preventing them from getting nuclear weapons.

No one around the world has any respect for Biden, so it's certain that Raisi's successor will continue to walk all over the U.S. with impunity whether Biden offers condolences for Raisi's death or not.

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