Washington, January 14: United States President Donald Trump drew the ire of social media users for retweeting a photoshopped image of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The image shows Pelosi dressed in a hijab, whereas, Schumer has a turban on his head similar to the cleric-cum-politicians of Iran. US-Iran Tensions: American Lawmakers to Vote on Curbing Donald Trump's War Powers, Says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Retaliating to Trump's retweet, scores among the Twitterati marked their dissent. The President was accused of spreading racism and xenophobia by deriding the cultural and religious customs of Middle East. He was also questioned whether he would similarly ridicule a hijab-wearing woman of Saudi Arabia -- a close ally of the United States.
See Donald Trump's Now-Deleted Retweet
Here's How Twitterati Reacted
Your sick president who you enable tweeted a “joke” of Speaker Pelosi in hijab, implying that she and all Democrats support terrorists. Are you going to speak to that issue? Do you consider that to be acceptable? You have become as sick and ugly as Trump is.
— Madame deFarge (@Shavananana) January 13, 2020
Why Trump Supports KSA?
Are Saudi women terrorists because they wear hijabs?
Trump says hijabs 🧕 are associated with “terrorism,” in a FAKE tweet of Nancy Pelosi.
If what Trump posted today is true, journalists must ask why Trump supports the “terrorist” kingdom of Saudi Arabia🧕 .
— Camille Gray (@jcamillegray) January 13, 2020
A 10-Year-Old Act?
Trump Retweets Fake Image of Pelosi in Hijab Standing in Front of Iranian Flag. I used to black out the front tooth of pictures in magazines, draw mustaches on women etc. But I was 10 years old then https://t.co/NPMJexbxlZ
— IFSnButs (@MarkBla53339192) January 13, 2020
'What's Wrong With You?'
@realDonaldTrump “WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?Trump Retweets Fake Image of Pelosi in Hijab Standing in Front of Iranian Flag”.Will you ever grow up? You are so full of hate with no ability to moderate words or actions. #Trumpstillaspoiledbrat
— Mary Ann Seltzer (@MaryAnnSeltzer3) January 13, 2020
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, on being asked by Fox News to explain why Trump had retweeted the offensive image, said he was not targeting any religion but only attempting to expose the Democrats for their support to "rogue Iranian regime". Trump believes that the Democrats are “parroting Iranian talking points” and “almost taking the side of terrorists", she was reported as saying.