Thousands have taken to the streets of Iran to protest the corruption in the clerical rule of government as well as a struggling economy, which has resulted in multiple arrests in the capital of Tehran. Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to the news, but she didn't get the best response in return.

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Sanders on Iran

It's no secret that there is global unrest regarding various international conflicts, with the Middle East being right in the middle of the controversy. For the Islamic Republic of Iran, the country has routinely received criticism from all over the world, most notable due to their attempt to gain access to nuclear weapons, as well as their involvement in various conflicts in the region. Whether it's in Iraq, Syria or other neighboring countries, Iran has used their influence in the region to gain power.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the White House, via Twitter
Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the White House, via Twitter

While this has been taking place, Iran's economy has taken a hit, with the those with limited income being impacted the worst, all while the government has been accused of increased corruption, including President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. On Friday, protests sparked in various cities, including Rasht, Kermanshah, and even the country's capital of Tehran. The protests became so big that they were streamed on the internet and went viral on Twitter, causing many to speak out, including Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the State Department on December 29.

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Taking to Twitter to address the protests in Iran, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders condemned the government, putting focus on the arrest of peaceful protesters.

"Reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with the regime’s corruption and its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad," Sanders tweeted. "The Iranian government should respect their people’s rights including their right to express themselves," she continued, while adding, "The world is watching."

In addition, the State Department spoke out in support of the protesters, and in opposition to the aggressive government. "We urge all nations to publicly support the Iranian people and their demands for basic rights and an end to corruption," the statement read.

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White House reality check

After Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out her thoughts, critics gave her a reminder about what many think of the Donald Trump administration.

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"Just like the Women's March in DC against Trumps policies. Got it!" one tweet read.

"Just as you should respect footballers right to kneel during the national anthem, it is their right to express themselves. The world is watching," one Twitter user wrote. "I would believe and agree with this statement if it came from anyone else. But based on Sarah Sanders' history, I just cannot trust her with anything," an additional tweet noted.

"Then we better do the same. No more arresting people protesting your boss," a follow-up tweet read. "What a joke! You and the Trump administration don't respect the rights of American citizens to protest peacefully...such as football players kneeling on one knee to protest racism and police brutality," one social media post stated.

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