House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) angered Iranian citizens after she tried to characterize the demonstrations as being against Trump and not about the oppressive regime in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

“The protesters are protesting—as I understand it, this brand of protesters—about the fact that that plane went down,” said Pelosi on Sunday. “And many students were on that plane and these are largely students in the street.”

Stephanopoulos commented the protesters are “calling out the regime for lying” and chanting “death to the Khamenei.”

“No,” Pelosi quickly responded. “Well, whatever it is. But the fact is this: there were protesters in the streets before against the regime. After the taking out of Soleimani, there were protesters in the street joined together, as you know, against us, that wasn’t good.”


After the video circulated, the hashtag #NancyPelosiFakeNews began trending on Twitter on Monday morning. Pelosi was also criticized for saying the protesters were just students.

On Monday, over 20,000 Twitter users were using the hashtag #NancyPelosiFakeNews.



President Trump also shared some messages about the House Speaker’s defense of the Iranian regime. The president retweeted a photoshopped image of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi both wearing Islamic garb in front of an Iranian flag.

The caption written by Twitter user D0wn_Under read, “The corrupted Dems trying their best to come to the Ayatollah’s rescue.#NancyPelosiFakeNews”

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham addressed questions about the president’s tweet.

“I think the president is making clear that the Democrats have been parroting Iranian talking points, and almost taking the side of terrorists and those who were out to kill the Americans,” Grisham said. “I think the president was making the point that the Democrats seem to hate him so much that they’re willing to be on the side of countries and leadership of countries who want to kill Americans.”

The president retweeted several tweets with the hashtag #NancyPelosiFakeNews


The hashtag #NancyPelosiFakeNews was also trending in the U.K. and Germany.