Lebanon's Hezbollah blasts US democracy over Capitol riot

PTI | Beirut | Updated: 09-01-2021 03:13 IST | Created: 09-01-2021 03:13 IST
Lebanon's Hezbollah blasts US democracy over Capitol riot

The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group has said the assault by President Donald Trump's supporters on the US Capitol this week shows the ''reality of American democracy, which they tried to spread around the world''.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah described Trump as ''stupid'' and a ''killer'' in a televised speech on Friday, blasting the US leader's Mideast policies, including the Washington-directed air strike in Baghdad a year ago that killed Iran's top general Qassim Soleimani, along with Iraq's militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

Nasrallah said the attack on the Capitol showed that Trump can also ''kill his own people''.

Wednesday's violence in Washington left four people dead, including one protester.

The remarks were Nasrallah's first since Wednesday. The US has labelled Hezbollah a terrorist group.

''His criminal policies have been revealed to his own people,'' Nasrallah said of Trump. ''Even Americans felt that he can kill them.'' Nasrallah said he hopes the world will be spared Trump's policies over the next days, warning that ''the nuclear button is at the hands of a crazy, racist and stupid person''.

On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she has spoken to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about preventing an ''unhinged'' Trump from ordering military actions including a possible nuclear strike in his final days and hours at the White House.

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