Trump Threatens War Crimes Against Iran: A Closer Look

-Well, it looks like
2020 is off to a great start. For more on this,
it’s time for “A Closer Look.” [ Theme music plays ] [ Cheers and applause ] I’m just [Bleep] with you.
2020 is already the worst. [ Laughter ] The sky in Australia
is blood red, thanks to a climate crisis; Republicans are trying to rig
the impeachment trial; and the president is threatening
more crimes on Twitter. We’re less than a week
into 2020. The world is like
your friend who tells you this is the year he’s going to
quit drugs and take up yoga, and then, on January 6th, you see him trying to
sell his mat for crack. [ Laughter ] I mean, we should have at least
been able to come together and enjoy the Patriots getting
knocked out of the playoffs, and the first round at home. [ Cheers and applause ] I mean, finally, Bill Belichick
was as sad as his outfit. For a guy who’s supposed to be
good at clock management, he always looks like he woke up
five minutes before game time. And you know, we couldn’t even
take 24 hours to savor that small victory, because the president
spent the weekend threatening war crimes
against Iran after ordering the assassination
of a top Iranian general and then, in Orwellian fashion, claiming he did it
to stop a war. -Breaking news this morning. The U.S. has carried out
the assassination of a top Iranian military and
intelligence commander. The president ordered this. It was carried out by drone
last night in Iraq. -His name was Qasem Soleimani. He was Iran’s
top military commander. -I went to a State Department
briefing today, a background briefing,
and the officials basically said the ball is in Iran’s court, and
we are trying to de-escalate. Actually, one official said this
was an act of de-escalation. -We took action last night
to stop a war. We did not take action
to start a war. -Trump thinks we can’t accuse
him of rushing into a war if he reads his TelePrompTer
super slowly. [ Laughter ] You can’t just kill a top
general of a sovereign nation and call it de-escalation.
That’s like getting drunk and driving your car
into a Kmart and then telling the cops,
“I did it to stop my car.” [ Laughter ] Trump and his allies are lying
in the exact same ways the Bush administration
lied us into a catastrophic war in Iraq nearly 17 years ago, and the exact same people
are doing it. After the attack Fox News
decided to turn to their stable of
lumpy white guys who have been wrong
about anything, like Lindsey Graham, a champion
of the Iraq war, and former Bush officials
and serial liars Ari Fleischer and Karl Rove. Why are these
the best experts we can get? This is like doing a segment
on organizing music festivals and interviewing
Billy McFarland and Ja Rule. And the same people are
trotting out the same lies they did 17 years ago.
For example, Vice President Mike Pence lied and tried to link Soleimani
to 9/11 in a tweet that was not supported
by the evidence. And if that sounds
familiar to you, it’s because it’s right out of the playbook of George W. Bush
and Donald Rumsfeld, who repeatedly linked
Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda and
other terrorist groups without providing any evidence. -The reason I keep insisting
that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam
and al-Qaeda — because there was a relationship
between Iraq and al-Qaeda. -There are reports
that there is no evidence of a direct link
between Baghdad and some of these
terrorist organizations. -Reports that say
that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me because, as we know,
there are known knowns. There are things
we know we know. We also know
there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there
are some things we do not know. But there are also
unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know
we don’t know. -Excuse me, but is this
an unknown unknown? [ Laughter ] -I’m not —
-There are several unknowns — -I’m not going to say
which it is. -Oh, you’re not going to say,
so it’s unknown whether it’s
an unknown unknown. But one known that we do know
is what Trump knows, which is a known unknown, because he un-knows
what he doesn’t know. Meaning we know
he knows no knowns. [ Laughter ]
It’s amazing. [ Cheers and applause ] It’s amazing that we found a way to elect people who think
these guys have the right idea. It’s like if, 17 years from now, someone made a movie
called “Cats 2” — this time with genitals. [ Laughter ] So, Pence lied, just like
Bush and Rumsfeld lied. But, hey, at least
this isn’t the first time Mike Pence has been wrong about a disastrous war
in the Middle East. -I am here to report, as the United States military
confirmed in Iraq on Monday, weapons of mass destruction
have been found in Iraq. -It’s fitting
that 16 years later, Pence is telling the same lies, because 16 years later,
he looks the exact same. I mean, I’m pretty sure
he’s just a stock-photo businessman
come to life. When he takes off his shirt, it says “Getty Images”
across his chest. [ Laughter and applause ] So, the Trump administration
tried to link Soleimani to 9/11. They also claimed they were
stopping an imminent threat. But if that’s true,
they haven’t presented any evidence of that threat
to Congress or the public. In fact, a “The New York Times”
reporter tweeted that the evidence
for such a threat was razor-thin.
And “The times” also wrote that national security experts
and even other officials at the Pentagon
said they were unaware of anything drastically new
about Iranian behavior in recent weeks.
But that’s not good enough for “Fox & Friends”
host Ainsley Earhardt, who said today that we just
have to trust the intelligence agencies.
-So interesting that people are critical
of the president’s decisions, of our intelligence community’s
decisions, our generals’ decisions.
-They want details. -General Tata said —
Well, they can’t have it. They can’t —
Everything can’t be made public. We heard Pompeo
over the weekend saying, “Everything that we have, the
intelligence community has” — he said, “I ran the CIA
at one point. We can’t release everything. We can’t release all of our
intelligence information. We’ll release as much as we can, but you just have to
trust us, basically.” -Oh, we just have to trust them? I’m sorry, but I’m not inclined
to trust an administration that lies about everything,
even the most dumbest thing. Let’s not forget, this is
the same guy who literally drew a circle on an official
weather map, in Sharpie, to claim that Alabama was
going to get hit by a hurricane and then pretended he had
no idea how it got there. Can you imagine if Trump
actually tries to present
some evidence against Iran? [ As Trump ]
“I have it right here — the top-secret
intelligence briefing that proves I was right. It says, ‘Iran bad,’
right there.” [ Laughter ] “Right there.”
[ Applause ] [ Normal voice ]
So, there you go. You heard “Fox & Friends.” We have to trust our
intelligence agencies. I wonder, though, if she felt
the same way back in May, when the intelligence agencies
were investigating Trump. What? No, she didn’t? Oh, and the next clip
proves it? Oh, why are you telling me?
You ruined the surprise. Alright, well,
let’s just show it anyway. -There was a Fox News poll,
and folks were asked how likely intelligence
agencies, like the FBI, broke the law
to investigate President trump. Look at that. 58% said “extremely,” “very,”
or “somewhat,” and only 31% said “not at all,”
so that just shows you — -And you get that number when
you add up the first three. -That’s pretty scary
that we can’t trust the FBI. -What?! We can’t? But that lady on the news
just a second ago said we can! [ Laughter ]
Wait a second! Oh, my God, one of two things
is happening here. Either Trump supporters are
self-serving hypocrites who defend intelligence agencies
when they want to bomb other countries,
but attack them when they investigate
the president’s crimes, or Ainsley Earhardt
has an evil twin! [ Laughter ] [ Suspenseful music plays ] [ Applause ] Now, if you’re
a Trump supporter out there, claiming anyone who opposes
this act of war is siding with the enemy,
let’s just remember, this is the same president
who literally said he and Kim Jong-un,
a brutal dictator who starves and tortures
his own people, quote, “fell in love because
of Kim’s beautiful letters.” Trump actually said that
about a brutal dictator. He sounds like a Southern belle
meeting suitors at a cotillion. “My dear Beauregard,
I fell in love with you after your beautiful letters.” [ Laughter ] I’m pretty sure most people hadn’t even heard
Soleimani’s name until recently, and that includes Trump himself,
who was asked about him in a radio interview in 2015 and
clearly had no idea who he was. -Are you familiar
with General Soleimani? -Yes. Go ahead.
Give me a little. Go ahead, tell me. -He runs the Quds Forces.
-Yes, okay. Right. -Do you expect —
-And I think the Kurds, by the way, have been harshly
mistreated by us. -No, not the Kurds,
the Quds Forces — the Iranian
Revolutionary Guard Quds Forces, the bad guys.
-Yes, right. -Do you expect his behavior
to change as a result — -Oh, I thought you said “Kurds.” -I love —
I love how Trump tried to pretend he knew who he was,
even though he clearly didn’t. “Do you know General Soleimani?” [ As Trump ] Yeah — No, I do. But I want to see
if you know who he is. [ Normal voice ]
Clearly, this was a reckless act
by an impulsive president who hasn’t thought through
any of the consequences. But a lot of people,
including prominent Democrats, are also asking, “Why now? Why would a president who’s
facing an impeachment trial, and mounting evidence
of his guilt suddenly start a war with Iran as he heads into
an election year. I wonder if 2011-2012
Donald Trump had anything to say about that when it came
to President Obama. -I say that he starts
a war in Iran before the election, which will make it very hard
for the Republican to win, okay? And I’ve said that,
and I predicted that. He doesn’t talk to anybody.
He’ll start a war. You know, lives will be wasted
for no reason. I happen to think
that the president is going to start
a war with Iran. I think it will be a short-term
popular thing to do, and I think he’s going to
do that for political reasons. Our president will start
a war with Iran because he has absolutely
no ability to negotiate. He’s weak, and he’s ineffective.
So the only way he figures that he’s going to
get re-elected, and as sure
as you’re sitting there, is to start a war with Iran. I believe
that he will attack Iran sometime prior to the election
because he thinks that’s the only way
he can get elected. Isn’t it pathetic?
-Yes, it is. The thing about Trump is
that he never tells the truth about himself in the present, but he always tells the truth
about himself like 10 years in advance. When he accuses people of
crossing the border illegally, that means, 10 years from now,
he’s going to get caught climbing over his wall,
trying to flee to Mexico. [ As Trump ] David, uh,
why did we make it so tall? [ Laughter ] [ Normal voice ] So,
it’s already terrifying that the president is
impulsively lurching into an unjust and unmoral war, and then, on Sunday,
he decided to go even further and threaten war crimes
against Iran with a truly psychotic tweet
that he genuinely thought counted as some sort of
official legal document. Here is the very real tweet the president
of the United States sent out on Sunday. “These media posts
will serve as notification to the United States Congress
that should Iran strike any
U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly
and fully strike back and perhaps in a
disproportionate manner. Such legal notice
is not required but is given nevertheless.”
That’s right. The same guy who brought you
such tweets as, “Robert Pattinson
should dump Kristen Stewart,” and, “I have never seen a thin
person drinking diet Coke,” now thinks his tweets serve as official
legal notice to Congress. I don’t think this tweet counts as legal notice to commit
an act of war, but I do think it counts as legal notice
to have you committed. That tweet sounds like something that could be scrawled
on the walls of a psych ward. “Let this serve
as a legal notice that I know you’re hiding pills
in my applesauce, and I will find them
and sue you for malpractice.” [ Applause ]
And by the way, threatening a disproportionate
response is a war crime, just like when Trump tweeted
the previous day that, “If Iran strikes any
Americans or American assets, we have targeted
52 Iranian sites, some at a very high level and important to Iran
and the Iranian culture. And those targets
and Iran itself will be hit
very fast and very hard.” First of all,
it’s not reassuring when the president tweets
in all caps like a lunatic who sees his ex-girlfriend
posting pictures of herself with another guy,
and texts her at 3:00 a.m., “Who is Brad?
Why are you in Cabo? I will hit him
very fast and very hard!” A war with Iran would be
unjust and immoral, cause mass death and suffering, and destabilize
the region and the world. And Trump obviously
hasn’t thought about, or doesn’t care about,
those consequences, because, by all accounts, he made this decision
impulsively, to the surprise of his own
top military officials. “The New York Times” reported
that they were stunned, flabbergasted, and alarmed
when trump chose the option of killing Soleimani. Apparently,
Trump’s military advisers put the option
on one PowerPoint slide to make the other options
seem more reasonable, not actually thinking
he would pick it. One briefing slide
shown to Trump listed several follow-up steps
the U.S. could take, among them targeting Soleimani. Unexpectedly,
Trump chose that option. Oh, oh, did Donald Trump
do the unexpected… [ Laughter ]
…instead of the reasonable? Did you guys
not get a briefing on him? You can’t expect
the reasonable choice from the guy who
stared into a eclipse, and when his umbrella
got caught, just left it on the stairs. [ Laughter and applause ] Congress must do
everything in its power to stop an unjust and immoral
war with Iran that will have
disastrous consequences. That’s why thousands of
protesters took to the streets over the weekend
in cities across the country to say no to war with Iran. We have an impulsive, lawless
president threatening war crimes, who thinks his tweets count
as official legal documents. You got to ask…
-Isn’t it pathetic? -This has been
“A Closer Look.” [ Theme music plays ]

100 Replies to “Trump Threatens War Crimes Against Iran: A Closer Look

  1. As a Canadian, I love reading democrat majority comment threads. It’s truly amazing how mislead and stupid you people are. No wonder Trump is president. Even your democrat representatives are bumbling morons! I wish we could straight trade leaders. You people would love Trudeau.

  2. If full on war starts with the USA and Iran then essentially the American voters will have ended the world, due to the fact they actually elected Trump

  3. This is the best skewering of Rump I’ve seen. It hits every nail squarely on the head. But sad for us, that we live in such a disturbed and disturbing time, under such evil, Orwellian rule.

  4. An ex-Trump supporter here. Killing Soleimani Trump clearly crossed the line that he should not have. Never watched this show before. Loving it.

  5. Where’s his son in law Jugghead who’s in charge of the Middle East Peace portfolio?
    How dumb can Donnie be? Forget I even mentioned this.

  6. Purposely attacking cultural sites is a war crime and anyone who is in the military or has studied the law of armed conflict knows this. Literally the first thing you learn.

  7. He was recorded saying in 2015 that we mistreated the Kurds. Let's not forget that he left them to be the victims of genocide like a month ago. This mfkin hypocrite.

  8. I hope Iraq brings trump up on war crimes. It's like something from game of thrones.

    He cant even pull a play from House of Cards right.

  9. I'm honestly afraid to be living in Virginia because I would be in the blast radius of a nuke aimed at the white house. I'm sure it will never actually get to that point… but I'm still thinking of moving away…

    Hey Canada… I hear you're nice this time of the century.

  10. Trump supporters. Open your eyes. Please. I'm begging you. If you're here, either to rant or because you're questioning. Please. It's time. He bypassed Congress unconstitutionally, further broadening the powers of an already too-broad office, to start a war, illegally under international law, claiming nonsensically that this huge provocation could be de-escalation. When we can see that it has had the opposite effect. Of course Iran couldn't let it stand. And then the president escalated back. He is lying, insane, and/or incompetent. This is bad for you, personally. It will mean higher gas prices. It will mean more money going to the military, and not to things which benefit you. It will get people you know, and likely ones you love, killed. Because of this insane tyrant's whims. I do not judge you for supporting him. You were fooled. It happens. No one's infallible. You can double down and keep backing him, but if you're doubting now… it will get worse. You will have to admit to the mistake eventually. And it will only get harder and the consequences darker. Now's the time. Some people may judge you, but most won't. I will congratulate you on the courage it takes. Admitting you're wrong is hard, I know. But it's okay.

  11. The people who laughs at this is phony – what make this clown correct – tv need to ban this nonsense – its so ignorant to talk about others for a laugh

  12. "Seth takes a closer look at President Trump threatening war crimes against Iran after ordering the assassination of a top Iranian General." – this sounds much better in the original Persian.

  13. Clinton dropped a lot of bombs, Bush Jr. Dropped more bombs then Clinton, O'Bama dropped double what Bush dropped and Trump is dropping more then all of them put together. So go on and keep arguing all you Democrats and Republicans and keep choosing a side. The military industrial complex is laughing their ass off at both Democrats and Republicans.

  14. They set him up…I'm by no means a Trump supporter, but Trump is the fall guy.

    His Military Officials gave him that option and probably subtly guided him toward it. If any other advisers had been around him, they would have urged him against it.

    They brought it to him while at Mara Lago. He probably only realized the consequences of this after the fact, but being the Narcissist that he is, he had to say he was the one in command…wow…

  15. Funny how no one cares this guys murdered a crap ton of people in terror acts and not just Americans he killed his own people. 😓

  16. It's gonna be sooo funny if pence keeps telling all those lies, and then you have to evacuate because of a nuclear threat…

  17. Is this a comedy show or just a another fake news show! This kind of show be are so down to earth that they are using Trump to get views!

  18. Because as we know-
    there are known knowns….
    there are things we know we know-

    We also know There are also known unknowns;
    that is to say we know there are things we do not know
    There are also unknown unknowns,
    which are the things we do not know we do not know

    I’m not gonna say which this is

    One known that we do know is that trump knows no knowns because he unknows what he doesn’t know 🤨😂

  19. I agree but don’t just wash Iran over being a victim country. They are fascist democratic, religiously vindictive and the ruling class is made of religious conservatives. Maybe look at international politics while making fun of our own. It’s all good if trump is a hypocrite but making a target of attack a sympathizer, may be a little too far left- even for my taste.

  20. and they say black don't crack, Mike is the evidence white ppl have super powers too: mummified don't wrinkle extra.

  21. When I first heard about the incident, I immediately thought, "well he went on and did something to make him seem like a hero in the senate hearings" …..What a f***ing idiot!

  22. You all are so dumb, you don't know the atrocities that the persian people have endured and witnessed over 40 years. Solamani was a horrible man many of my Persian friends that have family over there have told me things our news doesn't report. Its easy to be opinionated when your an american that doesnt have family in an oppressive regime.

  23. Fox & Friends are the Dumb, Dumber & Dumbest that are responsible for Rotting the brains of uneducated Fox viewers! 🙄

  24. America/Israel has become so corrupt to the core.. There ia so much divide within the country due to the fake media pushing the red or blue Agenda!!! People have bocome so dumb over all these years, need a major yellow vest movement in America and Israel….

    The facts are that not the red or blue control anything, the puppet masters behind the background control everything the almighty Military Industrial complex.. what they seek is a one world order were the elite the 1% control the whole world!! And anyone who is against this agenda, gets occupied, sanction on 39 countries
    Usa stealing all there resources, oil, drugs, gold
    Regime change all in the name of democracy,
    They have 800 military bases world wide controlling everyone!!! They have destroyed so many countries while creating and funding all these terrorist groups to destabilize all these nations.. thats the goal of population control!!
    Which is genocide on a mass scale!!! You wont here any of this in your news cause they demonize all other nations like Russia, Iran,Afghanistan ,that there evil bad etc….
    What the USA people have to do is reunite and throw
    All political leaders,senate,and congress out because they are all corrupt..stop invading other countries and have real free trade…close all your military bases world wide and bring the troops back they don't need to be killing innocent people world wide and dying for corrupt and illegal wars

    Get a new leader with new laws..cause both sides are the same, they have concurred all of you with divide and soon you will be fighting yourselves..

    All new political leaders have to show there net worth
    Including there whole family members, cause you will not come out multi millionaires at the end of your term or you will be stripped of all assets and go to jail!!!
    Investigate every single current politician and strip them of assets they cannot justify…
    Investigate every crime 9/11 and all these criminal wars and bribes for the last 30yrs including all bankers and put them in jail!!
    Strip the news media of anyone reporting fake news without solid facts, and shut them down…
    Sign new nuclear agreements so to not start an arms race…
    Get rid of all political leaders whom were put in place by America worldwide..
    Tax all the billionaires 90% of there net worth..
    Put a cap on how many millions anyone can have so that no one has the power and influence to dictate anything any longer…SOROS? Rothschild etc..
    No CEO of any corpotation cannot earn more than 50 times what the lowest paid worker gets.
    Stop the bidding for Israel, Cause Bibi needs to go to jail for war crimes..

    Stop the Military industrial complex and strip them of riches..

    Take all this wealth and give the people
    Free medicare
    Free education..
    No taxes if family income ia under 75K
    Help the poor and and veterans that no one should be in the street… help them find jobs ans a home.
    Help the black and minority groups you have so long destroyed…
    Release the wrongfully jailed for minor offences that have destoyed the black community..
    Rebuild the infrastructure completely…
    And help rebuild what you destroyed world wide..
    Help clean the oceans of the world..
    Eliminate Nato totally obsolete
    Maybe then we can have some peace on this earth..

    Cause if you don't no matter which party goes in
    It will be more wars worldwide with billions of people dying.
    more riches for the 1%.whom all have bunkers underground.
    You will loose all your rights.
    They will continue to put divide against both sides, till a revolution occurs so you can eliminate and destroy each other and this world wide…
    And 90% of the world will starve!!!

    Thats how they will get to their goal of only 500 million people target left in the world…

    We need justice in the world now!!!

  25. Most of Iranians know by now our worst enemies are the democrats and dems presidents in the white house.Love Trump from Iran

  26. Late night talk shows suck.

    Seth, you're not "woke." You're not "progressive." You work for a multinational corporation and make millions of dollars a year.

  27. I can link a terrorist to a terrorist group that has plenty of evidence to back it up.
    Donald J Trump and the White House.

  28. Hit the head on the nail with Trump getting impeached to starting a war all within a close amount of time … glad I’m not the only one who noticed. Trump is like one of those crazy ex boyfriends you had to let go and he cries wolf to make you take him back. I say DONT BELIEVE HIS LIES ! Run !! Runaway Simba, and never return !

  29. Funny how when an American soldier or official is killed by someone from another country, it's an act of terrorism, but when America assassinates a top general of another country, it's a legit action and "de-escalation" and all other kinds of justifications.
    By America's own standards Trump and everyone down the chain of command to the person who controlled the drone is now a terrorist! Congratulations!

  30. Twitter should be sued for allowing BS to be spread, by the president on their platform.

    It’s actually for the security of the world!
    Twitter! You have many twits! Getting rid of a few won’t impact your business.

  31. (Iran and Russia are good friends) Iran had massive protest against the regime and now the country is united and supports the regime. (Iran must be very thankfull to Putin who obviously rules Trumps every move)

  32. They also haven't provided a scrap of evidence of the Russians interfering with the 2016 election. Its sad that only comedy shows will call them out and the media never does.

  33. @ 9:19 –10:05, on 11/16/11, Trump miraculously projected his own weaknesses and foolish, impulsive tactics as the 45th president on Barack Obama

  34. The main stream media is actively interviewing warhawks that are pushing the same lies for war in iraq to justify war with iran.

  35. He'll be like the last republican president,
    can't travel outside the US.
    Ask bush the war crime warrant ain't going away!!

  36. Its absolutely marvelous how trump predicts his own future crimes in great detail.
    Its only unfortunate that he always projects his behavior on others.

  37. I've never come so close to throwing up from an image as I did when they showed the Trump as a southern belle pic.

  38. Kids. Every decade or so stupid people gather and voting for Republicans story goes. Because Republicans don't know any better they will ruin economy and start some war. Than Democrats have to find someone to fix all of it. The End.

  39. 3:00 In the case of Saddam it made some sense at least al'qaeda and Saddam were atleast both sunni muslims. But Iran is Shia, and religious shia and sunni extremists don't get along. Only reason they aren't killing each other right now is because the US presence in the middle east has them both more concerned.

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