Left-wing pop icon Cher took her criticism of Republican lawmakers to another level on Monday, accusing the GOP, in a tweet dripping with falsehoods, of being accessories to President Donald Trump’s “genocide.”
“Spinless GOP Senate & Congress are now accessories 2 Trump’s Genocide!!” Cher said in a typically all-caps tweet. “Moscow Mitch, Leningrad Lindsey & rest of emasculated GOP, sold their souls 2 help Russia, Turks, Syria, Iran, Saudi’s, Kill [Bomb and casket emoji] Kurds.
“They’ll go 2 [fire emoji, likely meaning “hell”] 4 Genocide & I’ll [Dancing lady emoji]. Lindsey, John McCain’s ashamed of u.”
SPINELESS GOP SENATE & CONGRESS ARE NOW ACCESSORIES 2 trump’s GENOCIDE‼️MOSCOW MITCH,LENINGRAD LINDSEY & REST OF EMASCULATED GOP, SOLD THEIR SOULS 2 HELP RUSSIA,TURKS,SYRIA,IRAN,
SAUDI’S,KILL💣💥⚰️ KURDS. THEY’LL GO 2🔥4 GENOCIDE & I’LL💃🏽.LINDSEY,JOHN McCAIN’S ASHAMED OF U
— Cher (@cher) October 14, 2019
Celebrated for her music and acting prowess, here Cher may find her Twitter account suspended for spreading fake news.
The reality on the ground, however, is far more complicated.
Russia, Syria, and Iran are indeed in a coalition — one that the Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) just joined to attract Syrian Arab Army reinforcements at the Kurdistan border with Turkey. The Turkish government maintains friendly relations with Russia and Iran, but abhors the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. Through Russia, it agreed to a tentative plan not to invade several Kurdish towns on the Turkish border.
Erdogan’s officials have openly stated they are seeking to displace the Kurdish population on the Syrian-Turkish border and replace it with Arab Syrian refugees, a textbook case of ethnic cleansing. The Trump administration has explicitly condemned that plan, however, has taken no actions to support it, and has threatened sanctions on Turkey if it continues to displace Kurds.
President Trump has no legal authority to use American troops to protect the Syrian Kurdish population from the government of Turkey, a NATO ally Washington is treaty-bound to defend with its army. American troops are legally present in Syria only to fight the Islamic State, an offshoot of al-Qaeda. Congress gave the president permission to use troops to fight al-Qaeda anywhere in the world in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, jiahdist attacks.
There is no evidence of any Saudi military involvement in Syria – or in any of the other countries that contain the ancestral land of Kurdistan: Iraq, Iran, or Turkey.