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This guy likes denying the Holocaust, and U-M football.
We haven't had our coffee yet, so maybe we're tripping. Or maybe we really do live in the Twilight Zone
now. Or maybe Twitter was just a terrible, strange mistake.
Anyway, it seems that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — the hard-line ex-president of Iran who is known for denying the Holocaust as well as a regime criticized for human rights violations — is a University of Michigan football fan.
On Tuesday, Ahmadinejad tweeted support of the Wolverines, tweeting "With a hard work ethic Inshallah [god willing] the U of M will return to its glory days," he wrote.
How did we get here?
Back in September, Ahmadinejad weighed in on the Colin Kaepernick NFL controversy. "The #NFL season will start this week, unfortunately once again (Colin Kaepernick) is not on a NFL roster," he tweeted. "Even though he is one of the best Quarterbacks in the league."
In response, a Twitter user from Ann Arbor replied, "Dear Mahmoud, We have much bigger problems here. #Michigan is 8-8 in its last 16 games under @CoachJim4UM . #GoBlue," adding, "Also, college football is the only authentic football."
As The Detroit Free Press reports
, "On Tuesday, Ahmadinejad seemed to discover that he could reply to other tweets," which is when he responded to a month-old Tweet about U-M football. The Washington Post
tracked down the Ann Arbor tweeter, Fred Zimmerman, for comment:
“Like everyone else I was and am a little bit boggled that he knew to refer to Michigan as ‘U of M’ and call out the ‘glory days,’” added the 57-year-old Ann Arbor resident, who first attended a Wolverines game in 1966. “As far as I can tell from his biography he has no U.S. educational connections so [I] wonder if perhaps someone in his circle does.”
This is weird for a multitude of reasons, including Zimmerman's observations above, but also because ironically, Ahmadinejad banned Twitter as president in 2009 to quell dissent. It's still banned
, as is Facebook, but apparently not for Ahmadinejad, who — like other powerful men like President Donald Trump and Elon Musk
— now spends his days talking smack with random strangers on the internet.
OK, we think it's time to get that coffee.
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