Iran's Supreme Leader Kinda Praised Donald Trump's Debate Performance
Ayatollah Khamenei said that Trump was more outspoken than Clinton and "welcomed by people more."
If you just go by "the polls," a majority of people thought that Republican nominee Donald Trump lost all three of the presidential debates to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
But you know who thought Trump did a pretty okay job? Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
He started off by asking the crowd if they'd seen the two US presidential debates, according to video posted to state-run Tasnim News' Twitter account.
What was said on stage, the Supreme Leader said, went beyond what Iran has leveled at the United States' feet and had the bonus of being said by Americans.
Khamenei also pointed out that "the one who was more outspoken" — ie Trump — was "welcomed by people more."
(That line drew a hearty chuckle from the crowd.)
Clinton, he said, accused Trump of being populist because people "were hearing his words and realized them to be true; they were seeing the same things in their own lives."
He isn't alone in agreeing with Trump on certain matters. Khamenei's top military adviser said that Trump was right that the assault on ISIS in Mosul was timed to benefit Clinton.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani though? Not a fan. He recently referred to Clinton and Trump as "bad" and "worse."
In any case, it's doubtful Trump would accept the pseudo-endorsement — the candidate has said he would tear up the deal with Iran over its nuclear program immediately and renegotiate its terms.