US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has become the butt of online trolls’ jokes after congratulating his followers with the International Day of Democracy.
“We stand beside all people fighting for Democracy and their unalienable Human Rights. Today, and every day,” Pompeo wrote on Sunday, accompanying his post with a link to his official press statement, in which he promised that the United States would “continue to be a leader in protecting civic space to bolster the foundations of democracy.”
We stand beside all people fighting for Democracy and their unalienable Human Rights. Today, and every day. #InternationalDayofDemocracy https://t.co/kQCP7Av2b4— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 15, 2019
The tweet was immediately picked up by critics of Washington’s decades-long interventionist foreign policy, who attempted to give the secretary of state a brief lesson on how Washington has ‘exported democracy’ by force in recent years.
Democracy US style pic.twitter.com/c8FjsWEO6L— Arabesque (@drwitty) September 15, 2019
September 15, 2019
Historically it's not been so. From Wounded Knee to Yemen. So excuse me for being slightly doubtful: https://t.co/bzSb6eoykI pic.twitter.com/lV6iTCWafV— Mats ☮ Nilsson (@mazzenilsson) September 15, 2019
I hope the United States would invade iran in the same manner they invaded Iraq ,Syria ,Libya and install the Great American Democracy. But please after you finish with Iran Please invade Pakistan and show them your Roman legions might..........— Allan Mascarenhas (@AllanNikson) September 15, 2019
Except of course when we didn’t.— salty seadude (@10FathomLine) September 15, 2019
‘How The CIA Overthrew Iran's Democracy In 4 Days : NPR’https://t.co/ZaQiZm9XAz
Others accused Pompeo of being a “hypocrite” amid the US policy of turning a blind eye to alleged anti-democratic practices among some of its close allies.
You are really a hypocrite & a disgrace to USA— Ismail Mutaher (@ismailmuta) September 15, 2019
Is Saudi Arabia a democratic country 4 the USA to stand beside against the democratic Yemen
Saudis don't have anything related to democracy
Saudis don't have any parliament, elections, rights, freedom or laws.
The king is the law
Some users criticised the Trump administration’s policy at home, hinting that the United States needs to take care of its domestic problems before lecturing other countries.
America needs to return to being a Democracy before it can export Democracy. It is currently a military dictatorship according to current American law:https://t.co/clBHRdnwPq— Jim Meeks (@JimMeeks13) September 15, 2019
Majority of Americans wants Trump & his administration GONE by being IMPEACHED ASAP. 🌈🙏❤️How about POMPEO BACKING American democracy?🤔 Instead of FIGHTING 4 Israel & backing Saudis & Israeli ( UR favorites) DEMOCRACY)🙄🤔— Ashraf (@AshrafGirgis4) September 15, 2019
Others supported Pompeo’s sentiment, although some suggested that his words would remain “all rhetoric” until countries with systems the US doesn’t consider democratic became “free!”
Sir, thank you for supporting people standing up to any tyranny. Please #StandWithHongKong and support the democratic movement in Hong Kong pic.twitter.com/AsTl1i0egM— wlyip2810 (@tenkinoko1996) September 15, 2019
IT'S ALL RHETORIC UNTIL :— JESUS F ALFONSO (@JESUSFALFONSO1) September 15, 2019
COMMUNIST CUBA, VENEZUELA, NICARAGUA, BOLIVIA, IRAN, AND NORTH KOREA ARE FREE !!!!!!
AND DON'T FORGET HONG KONG !!!!!!!!
Finally, a few users addressed their comments to President Trump, urging him to get rid of Pompeo, just like he got rid of hawkish Secretary of State John Bolton last week, and suggesting that his administration needs to “drain the swamp of war mongers.”
@RealDonaldTrump @SecPompeo Thrilled Bolton is gone. Now get rid of Pompeo. He's itching to bomb Iran. Tired of bulls-t USG has fed us for decades. Spreading democracy,human rights - all BS & we know it. Drain swamp of war mongers. Pompeo sh be next.— Bernie or bust 2020 (@HillaryGuess) September 15, 2019