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Ex-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Says Michigan Football Will Return to Glory, ‘Inshallah’

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
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DYLAN GWINN

The Michigan football program got support from a highly unlikely place on Tuesday. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the former dictator of Iran, tweeted that he hopes to see Michigan football return to its “Glory Days.”

According to the Detroit Free Press, Ahmadinejad wrote:

With a hard work ethic Inshallah the U of M will return to its glory days.

— Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (@Ahmadinejad1956) October 16, 2018

According to USA Today, “Ahmadinejad, who banned Twitter after millions of Iranians protested his controversial reelection in 2009, has been active on the social media service since announcing a new bid for president in 2017.

“Although he lost that election to the moderate incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, Ahmadinejad has remained on the service, opining regularly on domestic and foreign affairs.”

Somewhat surprisingly, Ahmadinejad has not confined himself to discussing Iranian politics. Not only did he tweet his support for Michigan football, but the former hard-line president also attacked the NFL for their treatment of anthem protester Colin Kaepernick in September.

Michigan will play their arch rivals Michigan State, on Saturday.

Follow Dylan Gwinn on Twitter @themightygwinn

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