Tensions between the United States and Iran have escalated since President Donald Trump's administration disclosed alleged plans by the country to attack Americans in the Middle East.
In a stark reversal of his administration's efforts to downplay rising tensions with the nation, President Donald Trump minced no words in calling out the country's government on Twitter.
Many were disturbed at Trump's rash words.
If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1558297534.0
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif soon responded to Trump's "genocidal taunts."
Goaded by #B_Team, @realdonaldTrump hopes to achieve what Alexander, Genghis & other aggressors failed to do. Irani… https://t.co/v4WqIJrlQO— Javad Zarif (@Javad Zarif) 1558348027.0
But it's not just world leaders and officials calling out Trump's recklessness—it's average Twitter users as well. Many of them say that Trump, in threatening to "end" Iran, violated a section of the terms of service, which state:
"You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people."
People agree that the rules are pretty simple—and that Trump broke them.
@ChrisLu44 @gtconway3d @jack Reported him for this violent threat.— StageLady (@StageLady) 1558366232.0
@ChrisLu44 @gtconway3d @jack I reported this too. Not that anything will get done!— Graeme Newman (@Graeme Newman) 1558367628.0
However, not too many people are hopeful that the president will face any retribution whatsoever.
@ChrisLu44 @jack Rules do not apply to Trump. Everyone is afraid of this guy.— I'm just a bill.... (@I'm just a bill....) 1558374398.0
@ChrisLu44 @gtconway3d @jack I think we’ve confirmed now that POTUS is above the law.— Rick Greenfield (@Rick Greenfield) 1558366632.0
That didn't stop people from pointing the tweet out to Twitter founder Jack Dorsey (@jack).
@ChrisLu44 @pmiscove @jack seriously @jack get it together— none of your business🌴 (@none of your business🌴) 1558372170.0
@ChrisLu44 @gtconway3d @jack Twitter and @jack are complicit.— Stan Diego (@Stan Diego) 1558365435.0
@ChrisLu44 @jack Good to know @jack doesn’t care about Trump violating their terms of service.— Anime_Now (@Anime_Now) 1558366290.0
For what it's worth, a spokesperson for Twitter explained a year ago why Trump and other world leaders couldn't be banned:
“Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate. It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.”