The Guardian|Saeed Kamali Dehghan: Iran’s former president wrote a letter to Trump recently. Having had no reply, he’s begun tweeting. What could possibly go wrong?
Less than two months into his presidency, Donald Trump has already outperformed his Iranian rival in demagoguery, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, making him look like a novice. No wonder the two-term president thinks he has some catching-up to do.
He published an 11-second-long video on Twitter on Sunday, urging people to follow his newly opened account, and leaving no doubt that the “husband, dad, grandfather, university professor, president, mayor, proud Iranian” behind @Ahmadinejad1956 is authentic. Had he not offered proof, it would have been almost impossible to tell it from the many parody accounts under his name.
His use of English in that video, albeit quite basic and disjointed, suggests that this will be a platform to project his views to the outside world. Surely it’s only a matter of days before we see him mention @realDonaldTrump, potentially sparking a clash of two of the world’s most famous rabble rousers.
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