On Jan. 5, 2020, news editor M. Hanif Jazayeri posted a tweet stating that Iran had placed an $80 million bounty on the head of U.S. President Donald Trump in retaliation for a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani:
OMG! Iran's regime just announced an $80 million bounty for anyone who brings the head of @realDonaldTrump for killing Soleimani.
PS: Iran's ppl however are overjoyed at Soleimani's death. As the #IranProtests have shown, they long for an end to the mullahs' tyranny #FreeIran2020 pic.twitter.com/uB3zOG5EKA
— M. Hanif Jazayeri (@HanifJazayeri) January 5, 2020
The EN24 website similarly reported that the offer had been made on Iranian state television, and the amount of the bounty was based on Iran’s population:
In the propaganda war against the United States and its president, the Iranian mullah regime is now using a particularly perfidious tactic.
The state television announced during the broadcast of a funeral service for the killed terror general Ghassem Soleimani that $80 million bounty would be placed on US President Donald Trump. The one who kills him should receive this amount.
“Iran has 80 million inhabitants. Based on the Iranian population, we want to raise $80 million, which is a reward for those who get close to the head of President Trump,” it said on state TV. Each Iranian should therefore donate a dollar to pay the amount to the alleged murderer.
The video attached to social media reports of the bounty showed large crowds mourning and/or protesting Soleimani’s death, with a male voice said to be that of a eulogist at Soleimani’s funeral procession seemingly calling for the placement of a bounty on Trump’s head:
The eulogist at the funeral procession of prominent Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Iran put an 80-million-dollar prize on US President Donald Trump’s head on live state TV.
“We are 80 million Iranians, if each one of us puts aside one American dollar, we will have 80 million American dollars, and we will reward anyone who brings us [Trump]’s head with that amount,” he said, addressing a large crowd in Iran’s north-eastern city of Mashhad.
The funeral procession was being broadcast live on Iran’s Channel One as the eulogist made his proposal.
A Heavy article on the subject stated it was “a little misleading” to say that Iranian “state television” had announced the bounty, “because it was the eulogist who made that announcement, not state TV. It was, however, being broadcast on state TV.”