Swaggering Closer To Armageddon: Kim Jong Un Calls Trump More Names
At least they’re talking. Kind of.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a long and personal statement today warning that U.S. President Donald Trump would “pay dearly” for threatening to destroy his country at the United Nations.
In his response, Kim Jong Un called Trump a “dotard,” “hard of hearing,” and said the level of Trump’s communication was “unprecedented rude nonsense.” The dotard word immediately began trending, according to Merriam Webster.
📈 Kim Jong Un calls Trump a mentally deranged U.S. dotard. Searches for 'dotard' are high as a kite. https://t.co/HztPoLSjXi
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) September 21, 2017
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like this in North Korean media,” tweeted Martyn Williams, a Knight Journalism Fellow with International Data Group, Inc. (IDG News Service), a Chinese-owned, American-based tech media company.
If the level of name-calling between Kim Jong Un and Trump weren’t so familiar (we all heard something like it on the playground as kids) it might be scarier. But in a weird way, it’s kind of comforting. They can’t be serious, can they? This is just theater.
On the other hand, these aren’t kids. These are adults with nukes. Be afraid, be very afraid. If this is really war, no adult ever fought it quite this way. I keep imagining my fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Smith, coming out on the playground and making everyone apologize and shake hands.
Full text of Kim Jong Un's message to Trump, for those of you in countries where KCNA is blocked (cough, South Korea). pic.twitter.com/qXwEjeZkp4
— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) September 21, 2017
Here is Kim Jong Un’s statement as published by the official North Korean news agency KCNA, per AFP:
The speech made by the US president in his maiden address on the UN arena in the prevailing serious circumstances, in which the situation on the Korean peninsula has been rendered tense as never before and is inching closer to a touch-and-go state, is arousing worldwide concern.
Shaping the general idea of what he would say, I expected he would make stereotyped, prepared remarks a little different from what he used to utter in his office on the spur of the moment as he had to speak on the world’s biggest official diplomatic stage.
But, far from making remarks of any persuasive power that can be viewed to be helpful to defusing tension, he made unprecedented rude nonsense one has never heard from any of his predecessors.
A frightened dog barks louder.
I’d like to advise Trump to exercise prudence in selecting words and to be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world. The mentally deranged behavior of the US president openly expressing on the UN arena the unethical will to ‘totally destroy’ a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats of regime change or overturn of social system, makes even those with normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure.
His remarks remind me of such words as ‘political layman’ and ‘political heretic’ which were in vogue in reference to Trump during his presidential election campaign. After taking office Trump has rendered the world restless through threats and blackmail against all countries in the world. He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.
His remarks which described the US option through straightforward expression of his will have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last.
— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) September 21, 2017
Now that Trump has denied the existence of and insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world and made the most ferocious declaration of a war in history that he would destroy the DPRK, we will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.
Action is the best option in treating the dotard who, hard of hearing, is uttering only what he wants to say.
As a man representing the DPRK and on behalf of the dignity and honor of my state and people and on my own, I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the US pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK.
This is not a rhetorical expression loved by Trump.
I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue.
Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation.
I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire.”
Kim Jong Un’s speech was a response to Trump calling him names, Mashable reported. As in Trump referring to him as “Rocket Man” and threatening to destroy all of North Korea in front of world leaders.