“Was that a breaking news story or another snap election article?” That’s the question a lot of people are asking, not least the network reporters trying to decode the nuances of the election that’s been rocking the global internet.
But among those asking the question, something else seems to be attracting eyeballs in a surprising way — which is the news that videos of Donald Trump and his campaign aides apparently threatening to kidnap and ransom state-owned Iranian news site iran.ir were posted by him. The story, which, sure enough, it turns out was not breaking news, has been liked over 25,000 times, and shared by over 600 people.
We aren’t making this up. Trump posted to Twitter earlier today that, “Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile. Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them!” which is quite literally Trump’s true words.
Facebook published a statement on its blog this afternoon, confirming that the videos of Trump’s tweets were uploaded in 2017, long before the riling up of the Washington Post political journalist Jason Rezaian in May, who spent a year in prison while being subject to brutal and unimaginable torture.
The post was shared on Facebook by the Iran Twitter account , which is now made up of any member of the crowd. And if you believe Trump’s wife Melania that Iran was “hiding,” or allegations that the Revolutionary Guard force has cased the White House, or US President Trump calling the European Union a “foe” when they don’t count, The Wayback Machine could be used to conjure up a decade of allegations and unfounded accusations about this country’s leadership.