To say the least, the response from the left over President Trump’s decision to hit Quds Forces leader Qasem Soleimani has been preposterous. Satire site The Babylon Bee has written an article entitled, “Democrats Call For Flags To Be Flown At Half-Mast To Grieve Death Of Soleimani” in which the author ridicules the Democrats’ reaction to his death. (The full text is reprinted below.)
The piece has been shared 550,000 times on Facebook so far and nearly 75,000 times on Twitter.
CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan (he’s Irish!) tweeted that “To put this in perspective, this is the same number of engagements the top NY Times and CNN stories on Facebook had over the past week.”
Democrats Call For Flags To Be Flown At Half-Mast To Grieve Death Of Soleimani https://t.co/MR0FIaFKsv
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) January 3, 2020
Apparently, some individuals on social media believe it is real.
O’Sullivan added, “A lot of people sharing this “satirical” story on Facebook don’t know it is satire.”
Here is the Babylon article:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—At a press conference held on Capitol Hill Friday, mourning Democrat leaders called for flags to be flown half-mast to honor the death of Qasem Soleimani.
Flags were spotted flying at half-mast around the country, notably at The Washington Post, The New York Times, and in front of several celebrities’ homes. The celebrities went out and bought an American flag for the first time just to fly it at half-mast for this important time of grief.
“The grieving process is painful but necessary,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar. “As a nation, we need to stop and grieve this great, austere, revered religious scholar. He was one of the good ones.”
In a rare moment of unity with The Squad, Pelosi gave each of the girls a hug, telling them to just “let it all out” in their time of sadness.
Ocasio-Cortez didn’t seem to know what was happening but adjusted her glasses to look smart.
A teary-eyed Barack Obama was also seen solemnly lowering the flag in front of his seaside mansion. “To think, this all could have been prevented with a few pallets of cash.” He sighed and stared off into the distance, a look of pain and regret on his face. “If only Trump had targeted a U.S. citizen with a drone strike instead.”
Later, Democrats clarified they meant we should fly the Iranian flag at half-mast, not the “offensive and problematic” American flag.
Well done Babylon Bee!
Some Twitter users added to the article:
Yet another austere scholar cut down too soon. The world mourns.
He was a poet.
His remains and those of his colleagues will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda.
@RepAdamSchiff will do readings from the Koran.
And others just stated the obvious:
Seriously? Wake up American Democrat supporters. These terrorists were out to kill you. Support your president decisions. I’m not even American but I’m trusting in God to wake you all up to what will make your country strong again.
Have you all (Democrats) lost your mind this man was evil and killed many US citizens and you want to honor him. Move your behind to Iran and see how you like living under their rule. Wake up people.
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