Wrong Iranian leader trends on Twitter after Trump's sanctions announcement
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Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was trending on Twitter Monday afternoon and evening after President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll Trump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Jimmy Kimmel hits Trump for rallies while hosting Emmy Awards MORE mistakenly said he was issuing sanctions against the former Iranian supreme leader, who died in 1989.


Trump signed an executive order Monday implementing sanctions targeting Iran’s current supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as well as other high-ranking officials in the country. The executive order will deny Khamenei and others access to financial instruments.

But Twitter users were quick to point out the president’s mistake in identifying the incorrect supreme leader.


Many also referenced Trump’s previous, now-viral, comments on Frederick Douglass.

In 2017, Trump called Douglass “an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice,” which prompted some to question whether Trump knew who the iconic abolitionist was.