Tehran, Iran – Sports a blond wig, a red tie and a nasty blue suit, a slightly overweight man took to the stage and began to work the small crowd like in a campaign fight.
But that was the wrong rally.
As the round actor smiled and waved at the traffic, another man stepped on the stage to break his news: Tehran, the Iranian capital, and not a town in the United States.
Bemused, Saint Donald Trump – in this provocative Iranian version – left a scream to go and ran off the stage to please the audience.
The short sketch for the US president gave a humor to events unfolding a few meters away, where thousands of people gathered on Sunday to celebrate the 39th anniversary of Student Day.
Every year, the government-backed rally mentions an important moment in the history of the Islamic Republic when university students supporting Ayatollah Ruolah Khomeini accused the gates of the US embassy, seized 52 American prisoners and fired a 444-day hostage crisis.
The event in 1979 caused a complete destruction of Washington's relations with Tehran and caused a long period of hostility between the two.
This year, celebrations at the old American embassy in the heart of Tehran came just hours before a deadline for the renewal of US sanctions, which were lifted in 2015 as part of a multinational nuclear agreement.
The pact, which has been negotiating for years with diplomats from all parts of the world, is now hanging from a thread after Term's controversial decision in May to unilaterally withdraw the US from it and restore sanctions to Iran.
With a Trump signature, the goodwill that had been built between the Iranians and the rest of the world collapsed within a few months.
"Never threaten Iran"
Now, three months after the return of the first sanction of US sanctions, Iran is away from the hours affected by the second – and more aggressive – round of measures that will ban it from selling freely oil on the international market.
It was not surprising that the resumption of sanctions exceeded the large Sunday rally, where protesters from all walks of life, the familiar anti-American slogan "Death in America" spoke with one voice.
The country's military captain, General Mohammad Ali Jafari, from Iran's revolutionary guard, used his rally speech to warn Trump not to defend his defense when dealing with Tehran.
"I want to say something to America and her strange chairman," said Jafari.
"Never threaten Iran, because we still hear the terrible cries of your soldiers in [desert] … and you know it better, how many of your old soldiers in the American society are committing suicide every day because of depression and fear of suffering in battlefields.
"Therefore, do not threaten us militarily and we are not afraid of military threats," he added.
|Jambari says Trump's efforts to defeat Iran were doomed to fail [Vahid Salemi/AP]|
Over the past year, Tehran accused Trump of running a "financial war" and destroying its economy.
In his speech, Jafari assured the crowd that Trump's attacks on the Iranian economy were a desperate attempt to defeat democracy – a doomed to fail.
But his optimistic tone is in stark contrast to the widespread economic chaos Iran has suffered over the past 12 months, including the expression of its currency, an overthrow of President Hassan Rouhani's economic team – and at national level complain about price rises and difficult economic conditions.
Hostility to Washington
Whether Teheran chooses to remain committed to the 2015 nuclear program agreement or not, the Iranians are angry and say the next US president may not be able to determine the relationship with their country,
On Sunday, the Iranians seemed to defy criticism of the mistreatment of their own government's economy and yet they voiced their voices with the kind of domestic contempt that came to determine their country's relationship with the US.
"My message to America is that many of their previous presidents before taking up their Trump duties and imposed many sanctions, they also made many, announced their choices at the table, but nothing happened," said a young a woman who refused to give her name.
"As our supreme leader has said, we see signs of America's decline," he added, referring to recent comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
|Thousands of Iranians dwent to Tehran on Sunday [Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA-EFE]|
Faramarz, a 48-year-old government official, said there was no chance that the US and Iran would ever become friends again.
"It's impossible," he said passionately.
"It's like a friendship between a sheep and a wolf. How is it possible to be friends with an enemy who has vowed to destroy your roots and religion and [Islamic] Revolution? America will finally understand that as long as this arrogance and the wild and criminal nature exist, not only Iran but also any free country would not welcome it. "
Parveen, a telecom engineer at the age of 50 living in the US, said Iran was right to overcome and close the "Spy Nest", a phrase the Iranians usually use to describe the US Embassy Building.
"Otherwise the revolution will be destroyed and America would have checked [Iran]," he said.
"I can disagree with some of her policies [Iranian] but I agree with the country's foreign policy and I am proud to be Iranian. "