Trump Threatens War Crimes Against Iran: A Closer Look

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 ]

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  1. okay, i've thought what you've said about Trump to be funny, the many times you've made fun of him. and i agree with you that he's not leading us where we need to be going, and i agree that not only is he leading us away from who we are he's leading us poorly, doing a poor job. and i agree he should step down. but he hasn't. so I do think that his bad performance at his job needs to be clearly explained to anyone who is unclear about what he is doing. and to say it with humor is fine. but only up to a point. Because, as I'm sure you must well know, there is a time to let go of foolishness and stand up and state squarely, with conviction, without any sort of hiding behind humor, to state clearly and seriously and with absolute clarity what you think is important about what is important. Those younger than us are watching what we do. I am certain you know that.

  2. Three years in, none of this is even remotely funny anymore. And going by his age, Trump will not be around to witness the long-term consequences of his stupidity.

  3. People died. Real people are dying. So yea…. don’t forget this and that because it’s real right? I think… or am I in a manufactured reality? Idk but it’s sad anyways.

  4. After three years of hearing the Democrats want recession go out and cause violence to Trump supporters V they would all lose 300,000 jobs if there is I could and not including that though that's just from the companies that leave after the vote recount it's almost as refreshing as hearing the people in Iraq say death to America to which I say death to Iran

  5. Does Ainsley Earhardt only have one dress? I'd have thought Faux News would pay better than that. Meh, bullshit must be cheaper than we think.

  6. Trump is an idiot, there’s no doubt there. But Soleimani was a mass murderer killing many thousands of his own people and oversaw terrorist attacks, including attacks that killed Americans. Even Iraqi civilians were dancing in the streets at his death.
    If your argument is Soleimani should not have been killed because the political fallout and escalation in tensions is not worth any potential political gains then that’s a reasonable statement to make.
    But for those that are defending Soleimani and Iran like they are blameless victims and are putting Iranian flags over your social media, then you’re just as much fucking idiot as Trump.

  7. The Quds are a sovereign nation's elite force. Much like the US Marines. May not like what the Iran government is doing, but they are not a rogue terrorist organization as the WH and many in MSM are trying to make them seem, so this was an act of war, and may well be illegal.

  8. Who else imagined Phoebe's and Rachel's face saying "They know we know they don't know "…🤣🤣😝🤣😝🤣😝

  9. So Trump said he wished for peace in
    the Middle East on New Years eve, and
    then a couple days later… I expected he
    would do something this, go to war or
    cause a war, like most of us, but when
    that notification popped up on my
    phone it was still shocking and

  10. The thing that i dont understand that how he can even get elected as president at the first place. The image i ( a non american) have about Trump that he is a spoiled brat, lucky to get born in a wealthy family, got everything he wanted, somehow got elected as the head of the state (unthinkable) and now he's just testing out what he can do with his powers like -oh i can order to kill a top general that's exciting, lets do it. Man just look at his tweets and that to coming from the most important person of a super power nation. Imagine the the kind of hard time us spokepersons and diplomats have justifying or covering what their leader said.

  11. My two brothers played with plastic soldiers for most of their young childhood. This is trump doing the same thing only with real people. Sad and pathetic.

  12. The American people need to do the French thing and storm the Bastille, in this case the White House, and bring an end to the tyrannous rulers of the United States of Washington. The good people of America have the power to take back their proud country the free world loves, and that country is the one and only, original United States of America. The land of the free and the brave

  13. Why you gotta trigger me with memories of the G.W. Bush and friends years? Also, thank you for drawing a comparison between them and Trump. I was tired of people idealizing G.W. Bush over Trump. Trump's pretty bad, but not the first of scary, crappy, and dishonest leaders in my lifetime. G.W. Bush and his cabinet were equally odious compared to Trump and his sycophants /enablers (but not exactly in the same way, rather in a similar way…. GW was a moron, Rumsfield was a joker, and Cheney was a mega creep..etc… GW started to lean into scapegoating "Mexicans" until 9/11 happened, by the way)

  14. America would be a better place without Donald trump, his supporters, Fox News, and majority of these lying republicans. It would be less racist , less homophobic, less hypocritical people who claim to be Christians but filled with hate instead of love.

  15. These republicans are even more crazy just like Bush who start wars to benefit Isreal and themselves then call the kettle black and blame Democratics.

  16. Destroy cultural targets? Cm'on Donald. If you set the bar this low even the Taliban may not be able to limbo under it.

  17. Scary, yet Hilarious that these people support the ‘razor-thin’ intelligence sources that people can’t know for security reasons, yet DISBELIEVE ABSOLUTELY that the universally known and understood intelligence that it was Russia Not the Ukraine that medley to get TRUMP elected….. 🙈🙊🙊

  18. if the show 2020 doesn’t do anything special for the year 2020, then there must be some inter dimensional tare somewhere.

  19. 😭😂😂😂😂 I died and came back. Trump is truly an idiot in a suit.

    Hewitt: Are you familiar with General Soleimani?

    Trump: Yesssss… I… Go… Go ahead. Tell me"

  20. The people laughing are robots being conditioned by these sarcastic fucks half the time they don’t even know why they are laughing they just want to feel like they fit in

  21. 30 seconds into the video and you already had the fake news outlined. 2/3 titles are lies:
    – Republicans aren't trying to rig the impeachment trial. Nancy Pelosi is sitting on the articles because she knows they won't be approved by the Senate, so who is trying to rig the process?
    – When did your Commander and Chief threaten war crimes against Iran? Sounds like you completely lost the ability to control yourself, Seth Meyers.

    P.S. Your jokes are so bad, no wonder you need a laugh track

  22. It is quite possible these past two years to get all your U.S. Executive Branch news from comedians. Let's pause and think about that for a moment.

  23. This is turning my stomach! Now a new war because some lunatic men think they have to bully the whole world! I wonder what the definition of terrorism is 🤔

  24. It's really how you Americans think a war is a joke, majority of you haven't seen a war or even hard about it for generations.
    I'm dealing up today the horors and trauma I got from the civil in my home country.
    Lost half of my family members, lost a ton of friends, my father lost all his wealth, got depression no professionals to help him out, mom got sick, both of them still recovering from the horor.
    For more than a decade we haven't seen peace, we couldn't enjoy the life you guys had it for granted.
    In a war there will be a hyperinflation millions will be worth of a peanut, you cannot afford antibiotics if got injured.
    Everything you have today as granted, will cost you arm and leg.
    Everyone will become depressed, ruthless, evil try to take the little you have, even if it means taking your life.
    So if you guys are willing to exchange your today life for such an ugly one, just for the sake of fighting for bunch of wealthy people, whose only goal is to enrich themselves further more thru war, you're 100% stupid.
    Nothing patriotic about modern warfare, you will be targeted by weapons 4x faster than the speed of sound, these weapons can kill thousands in a blink of a eye.
    Leaders and wealthy people will always find a way to keep themselves and their families save, you only will have to deal with the chaos made by these wealthy people.
    The sad thing is when you loose everything and you become hopeless and your life becomes useless and you regret what you advocated before the war started.

  25. Hey! I'm a thin guy and I drink Pepsi Max. Should I use this as a Youtube name: "That thin guy who drinks Pepsi Max" ?

  26. ❤🇮🇷🇮🇷❤🖤SolEimani🖤❤🇮🇷🇮🇷❤


  27. If the neocons and evangelist, powerful lobbies, weapon industry let the middle east have a brotherhood relationship, all the world will have a peaceful future.

  28. Anyone that wants to listen to this fkn idiot Trump and wants to go to war… lead by example!! Send ur fkn children first on the front line… And we will follow…

  29. Anti-war protesters fill DC protest to remove Trump Honey R Siegal Stober defrauded author Honey Soulution same CSC acct no as Mar-a-lagao 1/7/2020 Day 3480 We The People Against Corruption Campaign To Remove& Indict Obamas, Janet Napolitano, impulsive lawless pathetic Trump et al. Iraq invasion 2003 travesty PNAC 911 See

  30. So now Trump and the vile creatures that support him believes the intel , but didn’t believe the intel about Russia?!

  31. Trump will start a war to get elected. He should be impeached a second time for abuse of power by starting a war to get support from his base.

  32. Australia is on fire because preventative burning was halted by "environmental" protesters because they were worried about the carbon footprint and animal loss from it so now people are dying and the damage is 1000 fold

  33. Yoooo….. Why is trump so dumb….. Just why… WHY…. he attacked a Iranian general and expect them not to retaliate?Yeah thats truml for you

  34. Making fun of war is more sickening, than starting a war itself. If you are so clever, why don't you work in a butcher shop?

  35. Political jokes are really hard to sell as funny and once again it hasn't worked, it needs something more this is just a rant.

  36. A question from Europe to the USA: Why do you still have this guy as your president? Is your system so fucked up that you can't throw him out? He should have left a long time ago!!!

  37. The problem for America is that despite them having several hundred “drones “ the Iranians have several million human “drones “.America do not like losing the lives of their people where the Iranians willingly sacrifice their lives .

  38. I feel truly sorry for America. Such a great Nation. The Greatest really. Been there on holiday last year and can prove how delightfully kind and generous American people are. The best! How on earth did this cancer called trump and its cult come to power? The good guys are still the majority though. Something ought to be done, and quick…no laughing matter anymore 0.0

  39. Its the fault of the people who voted for him, the USA need a female president to run the country properly or bring back Obama he was awesome

  40. Trump is just a puppet! The government does what it wants and give the blame on one person. That’s soooo pathetic.

  41. Trump is the great hero! He knows the event happened in Iran was the conspiracy of China! He has brought the bright future to American economy, why so many people complain about him? Thinking about our Chinese, he the only hero to bring democracy to China! Trump! We support you forever!

  42. THERE IS NO „CLIMATE-CRISIS“ IN AUSTRALIA! I‘m a democrat, but this Climate-Crisis-bullshit is too much! Stop lying for attention!

  43. Trump wants war because sitting presidents (or whatever in whichever country) rarely lose re-election. He's always known this (just look at GWB) and I've been saying since 2017 that if he's under threat now, he'll try to go to war to stay in the WH.
    Even if there is, god forbid, war in November, boot his stupid, law-breaking, lying arse out!

  44. The Saudi's killing kashogi in there embassy in Istanbul like the American government is killing "enemies" with drones. Where is the difference?

    Why is it so easy to kill publicly and get away with acts like this, these days?

    People like Assange, Manning or Snowden are treated like criminals, just because they unveil the crimes of the government.
    We are living in crazy times, because the people's who are in charge of the governments are criminals.

  45. If this isn’t enough to get him out office idk what is, everyone needs to vote this year.. if you’re able to why not? exercise you’re right as citizens. This country does not only depend of it so does the world.

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