President Donald Trump on Monday announced he was imposing new sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who died in 1989.
“Sanctions imposed through the executive order that I’m about to sign will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader’s Office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support. The assets of Ayatollah Khomeini and his office will not be spared from the sanctions,” Trump said at the signing of an executive order to impose the sanctions.
The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was Iran’s Supreme Leader from 1979 until his death in 1989. He was succeeded by the current Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini trended on Twitter on Monday as viral tweets mocked Trump’s botched announcement.
Trump says he's sanctioning the Ayatollah Khomeini, who has been dead since 1989. https://t.co/pGQQSd2irR
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) June 24, 2019
"Ayatollah Khomeini and his office will not be spared from the sanctions" – terrible news for Ayatollah Khomeini https://t.co/uAQoZJtTKJ
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) June 24, 2019
I had to see why Ayatollah Khomeini was trending. Because, of course, I did. pic.twitter.com/NHKzIP91Zc
— Vincent Frank (@VincentFrankNFL) June 24, 2019
Many also referenced Trump’s 2017 comments on Frederick Douglass, calling the iconic abolitionist “an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.”
In other news Trump sanctioned Ayatollah Khomeini today who has been dead since 1989. I think Frederick Douglass told him to do it. https://t.co/jR8Bhjktvl
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) June 25, 2019
The Ayatollah Khomeini is being recognized more and more https://t.co/bEfWBvuZk4
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) June 24, 2019