After North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un threatened the United States again during a speech televised on New Year’s Day, warning that his “nuclear button is always on the desk of my office,” President Donald Trump struck back in a way former President Barack Obama never would have.
“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,’” Trump cheekily tweeted.
“Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” he added.
Look, and laugh:
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
That’s an example of saber rattling, an ancient tradition in which a military leader displays his might (or saber) in a way meant to bewilder (or rattle) his opponent and remind him who’s really boss. It was basically Trump talking smack to Kim in response to Kim having first talked smack to him.
“The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons, a nuclear button is always on my desk,” Kim had said during an annual address on New Year’s Day, according to NBC News. “This is reality, not a threat.”
Were Obama still president, he would’ve just “tolerated” Kim’s rhetoric and let him slide, because God forbid the leader of the free world act like a man with a backbone.
Not Trump, though. When anyone tries to hit either him or the country he leads, he always strikes back, because he understands a simple rule most people learned in high school: You never back down from bullies.
Of course, the “fake news” media never learned this lesson, which is why, after Trump posted his tweet, they lost their minds.
Take CNN’s senior media correspondent, Brian Stelter, who dedicated the majority of his Tuesday evening newsletter to accusing Trump of issuing “threats of nuclear war” and questioning his fitness for office.
“There’s a word for this. Madness. This is madness. … We’re once again confronted by questions about the president’s fitness. Questions about his health. It’s uncomfortable. But it is incumbent on journalists to ask these questions and report out the answers,” he whined.
Not surprisingly, not once in his newsletter did CNN’s top media guy point out that Kim threatened us first.
Then there’s Vice magazine, which ran a hysterical headline warning, “Trump Returns From Golf Trip To Threaten Nuclear Annihilation.”
Oh, for the love of God.
Trump merely sent a cheeky tweet to an obnoxious “fat kid” who happens to be grossly underarmed compared to the United States. Just as a reminder, were a nuclear war to theoretically break out between the United States and North Korea, we’d live to see another day, whereas Kim would be headed to the afterlife.
The fact is, Trump has been talking tough with Pyongyang for months, yet nuclear war between the United States and North Korea has yet to break out. Nor will it ever break out, I predict, because despite all his bravado, Kim knows better than to mess with Trump. Kim knows full well the current president is nothing like feckless Obama.
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