Hot Takes: Trumps Threatens to "Totally Destroy North Korea"
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by Causes | 9.19.17
In a speech before the United Nation's General Assembly this morning, President Trump threatened to "totally destroy North Korea," if the US is forced to defend itself or its allies. The president said Kim Jong-un, the country's totalitarian leader, who Trump calls "Rocketman", "threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of life." (For more details, see Trump Gives Incendiary address at UN.)
Reaction to the president's words was swift and varied.
From Los Angeles Times columnist David Lazarus:
Worth noting: Trump got up in the United Nations and threatened to destroy another country— David Lazarus (@Davidlaz) September 19, 2017
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA), a vocal opponent of President Trump, wrote:
As for "Rocketman," President Trump's nickname for Kim Jong-un, you probably already guessed that it has spawned a jillion Elton John jokes and a flurry of photo-shopping. This pic, an obvious reference to the iconic 1964 Stanley Kubric film "Dr. Strangelove," is currently making the rounds of the internet (tweet @countable if you can ID its maker!):
Television commentator and conservative provocateur Kambree Kawahine Koa cheered the president's nickname for Kim Jong-un:
And on the other side of the spectrum, Scott Dworkin, co-founder of the Democratic Coalition against Trump, had this to say about the nickname:
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