Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan compared US President Donald Trump to Satan and encouraged Iranians to resist American “plots” against Iran, during a visit to Tehran, according to a report by the semi-official Islamic Republic News Agency.
“The Christians say that Satan is a liar, and every day they keep a count of Trump’s lies,” Farrakhan said at a meeting with Mohsen Rezaee, a conservative politician who is secretary of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council, a body that advises Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. “Only Satan was created by a lie,” Farrakhan said.
Farrakhan is leading a group of Nation of Islam members on a tour of Iran as the Islamic Republic celebrates the anniversary of the seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran during the 1979 Islamic Revolution, just days before the Trump administration reimposes sanctions on Iran’s key oil sector.
Thousands of students in the government-organized rally in the capital Tehran, broadcast live by state television, burned the Stars and Stripes, an effigy of Uncle Sam and pictures of Trump, outside the leafy downtown compound that once housed the US mission.
This is not Farrakhan’s first visit to the country. He was in Iran in 1996 as well as 2016, and has long been a vocal supporter of the Islamic Republic.
In his speech in Tehran, Farrakhan said he was enjoying his visit to Iran and that “I am here to show my friendship” with the Iranian people. He also warned Iranians against “American plots” against the Muslim world.
“The American government is plotting against you every day,” Farrakhan said, saying he knew of American plans to attack and occupy seven Muslim nations. “Because it is impossible to change the way of thinking of Islamic Iran, they never sleep and are always working to create an internal enemy in Iran.”
Read the full story from 2018 in The Jerusalem Post.