Over 12,000 were in attendance Wednesday evening at the Stop Iran Rally held in Times Square, NY. The rally was held to demand Congress, in particular Sen. Chuck Schumer, to vote ‘no’ to the proposed U.S. deal with Iran. The rally was organized by the Jewish Rapid Response Coalition, the Americans for a Safe Israel, and the Zionist Organization of America. Speakers at the rally included Monica Crowley, Republican presidential hopeful and former Governor of New York George Pataki, and Frank Gaffney.
The crowd, chanting “Kill the deal” and “Where is Chuck!” could be heard for many blocks. Schemer, who wasn’t in attendance, stated that he has “read the 14-page agreement” but is waiting to “speak with experts” before deciding how to vote on this proposed deal. Clips of different news reports were played during the rally of bombings carried out by terrorist groups linked to Iran, with Iranians chanting, “Death to America!”
The highlight of the evening came from former Congressman Allen West, who gave the most fiery–and perhaps most Presidential–speech of his career. West criticized Obama’s leadership on Iran deal, calling him a “weakling” for surrendering to Iran. Making a comparison to Jimmy Carter’s administration, West said,
“What message are we sending when we sit down with a country that is holding four Americans hostage it’s no different than the last time when we had a weakling in the White House when we had 53 Americans being held hostage! What message do we send when we create this false narrative..that either we sign this piece of paper, that just the same meant nothing to Adolph Hitler, means nothing to the Ayatollahs, or the only alternative is to go to war. Well let me tell ya something: The United States of America is about victors. The United States of America is about champions. The United States of America does not surrender to a bunch of black-robed crazed clerics want to see us destroyed.”
“There are dozens of legitimate reasons to reject this deal. To release $150 billion to Iran will result in the expansion of worldwide terror,” he said.
The crowd went wild when LTC West said,
“What does it say about us when we sit down and we sign an agreement with a country like Iran so that they can become an economic power? So that in five to eight years when the U.N. arms embargo is taken away they can become a military power? And then in ten to fifteen years, they will become a nuclear power. But yet we stand up and say we’re going to cut our United States Army by $40,000. We have the smallest Marine Corp since WWI, the smallest Navy since 1917. The smallest and the oldest Air Force since we created the modern Air Force. What message does President Obama send to these people over in Iran is not the message that was sent to bring 239 years ago at Lexington Green when we fired the shot that was heard around the world! What message does it say to radical Islamic terrorists when we have people that go and kill our unarmed men and women at recruiting stations…here in the United States of America and we can’t figure out if the kid was depressed, if the kid was on drugs–well hell no, he was daddgum terrorist, that’s what he was!”
Referencing the fact that on the night of the Chattanooga terrorist attack Obama flew to New York to see a Broadway show, West said,
“What type of Commander-in-Chief do you have when Americans have lost their lives on our soil and it’s more important to come up here and take in a play than to go to Chattanooga, Tennessee and hold a flag half-mast over the White House?”
The epitome was when West said, “How dare Barack Obama! How dare John Kerry! How dare Valerie Jarrett or any of these other charlatans that occupy Washington, D.C. surrender this great Constitutional Republic to the Republic of Iran.”
West ending on a message of hope and passion:
“Ladies and gentlemen, it’s not over. You being here sends a message that in the United States of America, I don’t care who is occupying the White House, we’re not surrendering our liberty, our freedom, our way of life! I want President Barack Obama to know one thing: you may say you’ve done something that no one else has ever done. You know why no one else has ever done it? Because of the damned stupid thing that you just did. And if people are upset because of what I’m saying, I really don’t care because I had a father that stood in World War II. I have an older brother that stood and was wounded at Cason. I gave 22 years of my life to make sure that that great beacon of liberty, freedom, and democracy continues to stand…My commitment is to the oath that I took on 31 July 1982, to support and defend the constitution of the United States of America against all enemies foreign and domestic…It’s not for anybody’s historic event, it’s not for anyone to have some special exhibit in their presidential library. It’s to make sure that the enemies of America and the enemies of Israel are crushed and brought to their knees!”
Congress has until September 17 to decide whether to approve or reject the deal with Iran. The deal includes limiting and checking Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. If Congress votes no on the deal, President Obama has threatened to use his Veto powers to override the vote.