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U.S. Embassy In Cairo Condemns Hurting Muslims’ “Religious Feelings”

And Obama gets compared to Carter. A lot.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo released this statement condemning religious intolerance — particularly intolerance directed at Muslims — hours before Egyptian protestors attacked the embassy, destroying the American flag and replacing it with a black flag declaring “There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger.”

The protesters were demonstrating against a U.S. film in development about Mohammad. The statement continues:

On Special Report, columnist Charles Krauthammer replied to the statement with outrage:

That outrage spread to Twitter, where President Obama was compared to President Carter. A lot.

Carter admin: US Embassy in Tehran attacked. Obama admin: US Embassies in Cairo and Benghazi attacked. Coincidence?

— Gary Ivey (@gary_ivey)

Carter admin: US Embassy in Tehran attacked. Obama admin: US Embassies in Cairo and Benghazi attacked. Coincidence?— Gary Ivey

As crowds storm US embassy in Egypt, one instantly thinks of 1979, Iran, Pres. Carter. Not the comparison Obama wants.

— Brian J. Phillips (@brian_jphillips)

As crowds storm US embassy in Egypt, one instantly thinks of 1979, Iran, Pres. Carter. Not the comparison Obama wants.— Brian J. Phillips

So basically Obama went "Full Carter" today.

— BiasedGirl (@BiasedGirl)

So basically Obama went “Full Carter” today.— BiasedGirl

Jimmy Carter can sleep peacefully at night. Obama has long surpassed him as being the most inept President.

— Demetrius Minor (@dminor85)

Jimmy Carter can sleep peacefully at night. Obama has long surpassed him as being the most inept President.— Demetrius Minor

I think that we can all agree that when our embassies get attacked and Americans killed, Obama has failed at diplomacy. Jimmy Carter anyone?

— Usually Confused (@VAFramer)

I think that we can all agree that when our embassies get attacked and Americans killed, Obama has failed at diplomacy. Jimmy Carter anyone?— Usually Confused

Carter 2.0 - We apologized to the trash who attacked our embassy in Cairo for 'abuse of free speech'. And Obama is the foreign policy wiz?

— SandraS (@VioletTiger2)

Carter 2.0 - We apologized to the trash who attacked our embassy in Cairo for ‘abuse of free speech’. And Obama is the foreign policy wiz?— SandraS

Somebody mail Obama a cardigan! Embassies being attacked! We need a misery index! The metamorphosis to Carter is almost complete! #tcot

— D.F. Haughey (@dfhaughey)

Somebody mail Obama a cardigan! Embassies being attacked! We need a misery index! The metamorphosis to Carter is almost complete! #tcot— D.F. Haughey

Carter lost 1 embassy; can Obama beat total? Multiple concurrent incidents re US embassies–consulates. Technical acts of war: as was Iran.

— TrollColors (@TrollColors)

Carter lost 1 embassy; can Obama beat total? Multiple concurrent incidents re US embassies–consulates. Technical acts of war: as was Iran.— TrollColors

This just in - Obama sending helicopters to free the embassy! #Carter

— Jeff Anderson (@in4m8ionman)

This just in - Obama sending helicopters to free the embassy! #Carter— Jeff Anderson

UPDATE: The White House has disavowed the embassy’s statement. A senior official told Politico that it “does not reflect the views of the United States government.”

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Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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