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“I voted early today! I voted for Donald Trump. Who are you going to vote for?”

This excited Facebook post was not just the words of a Trump supporter who may have seen the candidate debate Hillary Clinton on TV or cast a ballot out of a lifelong dedication to the Republican party.

The words came from Iranian-American Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, held prisoner in a notorious Iranian prison for four years for the unpardonable crime – conducting private religious gatherings in Christian homes.

In the Islamic theocracy that has ruled Iran for nearly four decades, that constitutes the crime of “undermining national security.”

Abedini was released only after it became politically expedient for the Obama administration to pay a ransom as a sweetener to the nuclear arms accord the president wanted as his legacy.

In posting his news, Abedini wrote movingly, “I am finally free in a free country. Last year on the same day I was sick and in chains for Christ, and now I can vote to choose my next president.”

The pastor also revealed that the brash billionaire businessman met with his family and gave them $10,000 – all without fanfare or publicity.

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Ballot of freed Iranian-American Christian pastor Saeed Abedini

Trump, who is frequently criticized for his blunt, brusque manner, is rarely credited with the many acts of unpublicized generosity recalled by those who have received them.

“And most amazingly, I can vote for someone that I know fought for me and called my name so many times,” Abedini posted, noting that neither Clinton nor Obama had ever reached out to his family during his four-year incarceration.

“As a woman who says she stands for women’s rights, when she was foreign minister, she never contacted my mom, wife, sister or my daughter.”

The Obama administration has come under scrutiny for the timing of nearly $2 billion in payments made to Iran in foreign currency on the same day hostages were released by Iran as a follow-up to the nuclear deal.

The parents of American aid worker Kayla Mueller, who was kidnapped, raped, tortured and killed have repeatedly expressed their anger over the Obama administration’s refusal to allow them to arrange for a private ransom of their daughter.

“We tried, and we asked. But they put policy in front of American citizens’ lives. And it didn’t get it changed,” her father said.

Until it became politically necessary to ensure Obama’s legacy of negotiating with the chief sponsor of Islamic terrorism in the world.

See the full post from Abedini here:

 

 

 

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