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Let’s talk about @christinawilkie, the anti-Trump “Political Reporter for CNBC.com,” tweeting about the Iranian opposition MEK.
(2) Why do I say @christinawilkie is “anti-Trump”?
Here’s a look.
@christinawilkie uses the word “cult” about the MEK, a phrase used specifically by the Iranian regime & those who promote a soft, appeasement approach with Tehran.

We saw how Obama’s disastrous policies allowed #Iran wreak havoc across the Middle East...
Who else uses the word “cult” for the MEK?

The @NYTimes, of course.
Here’s something I think you might find interesting about the @NYTimes’ ties with #Iran’s regime, explaining why the NYT would resort to publishing such pieces against the Iranian opposition MEK.
Moving on.

@christinawilkie says the Obama White House viewed the MEK as a foreign terrorist org.

Here’s some history about the MEK being blacklisted as a terrorist organization.
@christinawilkie also talks about “well-paid MEK supporters like John Bolton and Rudy Giuliani” …

I recommend this excellent read by @ProfRTanter.

@christinawilkie herself has a history with the MEK.

Her writing about the MEK can be dated as far back as 2012, where she admitted their delisting was “a good decision.”


In Dec 2017, @christinawilkie again describes the MEK as a “terrorist organization” in another Huff Post piece.

Another case of #Hypocrisy.
I don’t know about you, but if you ask me, @christinawilkie is showing the signs of a writer being paid by #Iran to demonize the mullahs’ opposition.
Here’s @christinawilkie sinking to the low of praising #Iran’s President @HassanRouhani during the Obama years.

Again @christinawilkie sinking to the low of praising #Iran’s President @HassanRouhani.
This time more recently.

And here’s @christinawilkie sinking to another low of praising #Iran’s FM @JZarif.

What #Iran’s regime & @christinawilkie (whom I believe is being paid by Tehran) are really worried about is the MEK gaining credibility.

Here’s the U.S. Justice Department explaining how the Iranian regime is specifically targeting the MEK.
You might find this thread helpful on how #Iran’s regime is deeply concerned about the MEK, allocating espionage resources to specifically gather information on the organization & their supporters.
To make a long story short, I find it hard to believe someone would defend a murderous regime with no incentive!

Just a thought…
As always, the conclusion is yours to make.

Thank you for reading.

I welcome any & all constructive feedback.


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My gut tells me an even bigger story will develop.

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Here's the video.

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