An Islamic eulogist at the funeral procession for General Qassem Soleimani placed an $80 million bounty on President Donald Trump’s head on live state TV, according to Al Arabiya.
“We are 80 million Iranians. If each one of us puts aside one American dollar, we will have 80 million American dollars, and we will reward anyone who brings us (Trump)’s head with that amount,” said the eulogist to a mammoth crowd in Mashhad.
The call for a bounty on Trump was broadcast live on Channel One, reports International Business Times.
“And we would give this $80 million, on our own behalf, as a gift to anyone who brings the head of the person who ordered the murder of the grand figure of our revolution. Anyone who brings us the head of this yellow-haired lunatic, we would give him $80 million on behalf of the great Iranian nation. Chant if you agree.”
Video shared to social media shows the massive crowd reacting with loud chants after the bounty was announced.
At Solemani’s funeral procession in Mashad one of the organisers called on all Iranian to donate $1 each in order to gather an $80million bounty on President Trumps head. pic.twitter.com/Qb7AAfAiww
— Ali Arouzi (@aliarouzi) January 5, 2020
The reward for Trump’s death was confirmed on Sunday by news editor M. Hanif Jazayeri, according to fact-checking site Snopes.
The bounty was announced shortly after Trump took to Twitter to warn Iran that a strike on “any Americans” or “American assets” would result in the US hitting 52 targets — including “Iranian culture” sites, an action that could amount to a war crime if carried out.
“Iran has been nothing but problems for many years,” Trump tweeted after spending a day at his golf club. “Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites… some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!”
“ISIS targets cultural sites. The Taliban destroys cultural sites. The United States of America should not join this list,” tweeted Michael McFaul, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Russia under the Obama administration. “Please @DeptofDefense @StateDept, roll back this horrific statement by @realDonaldTrump & make clear that we will not target Iranian cultural sites.”
“Targeting civilians and cultural sites is what terrorists do. It’s a war crime. Trump is stumbling into a war of choice,” tweeted Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee. “A war entirely of his making. A war that will get thousands of Americans killed. Congress must stop him.”