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Montel Blasts GOP Over Iran Swap Criticism: ‘So Incompetent It Borders on Disqualifying’

456461610-montel-williams-testifies-about-andrew-tahmooressi.jpg.CROP.hd-largeTelevision personality Montel Williams — a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps and U.S. Navy — took to Facebook Saturday afternoon to blast Republican leaders who have criticized the Iranian prisoner swap.

On Saturday morning, news broke that four Iranian Americans, including the Washington Post‘s Jason Rezaian, were released from Iran in a swap that saw the release of seven Iranian prisoners as well. While the cable news networks scrambled to get their A-teams assembled to cover the story on a weekend, GOP leadership made a point to bash President Barack Obama — and his longstanding nuclear agreement with Iran. Today Florida Senator Marco Rubio said, “Governments are taking Americans hostage because they believe they can gain concessions from this government under Barack Obama. It’s an incentive for more people to do this in the future.”

In addition to Rubio, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also slammed the developments, saying, “We shouldn’t have to swap prisoners… These folks were taken illegally in violation of international law and they should have been released without condition.”

Williams blasted that rhetoric Saturday evening:

It’s beyond irresponsible that some of the Republican candidates criticized the swap that will bring our hostages home…

Posted by Montel Williams on Saturday, January 16, 2016

His Facebook post was not even the first time today that Williams criticized GOP leadership on the issue, telling them in no uncertain terms to “Sit the hell down and shut up.”

The #FreeAmir movement was begun in early 2012 over the capture of Marine Amir Hekmati, who was one of the men released by the Iranian government Saturday, and also a consistent social justice focus for Williams and his celebrity over the past several years. Hekmati was imprisoned in Iran for over 3 1/2 years; in a statement Saturday, the Hekmati family said, “We thank everyone for your thoughts during this time. There are still many unknowns. At this point, we are hoping and praying for Amir’s long-awaited return.”

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