In an provocative – and dangerous – tweet tonight, Trump took to Twitter to effectively threaten nuclear war with North Korea, claiming that he, too, has a “Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than [Kim Jong Un’s].”
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
Trump’s tweet comes in response to the North Korean leader’s own thinly-veiled threat against the Trump administration, claiming that he has a nuclear button “always on the desk of [his] office.”
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“The United States can never fight a war against me and our state,” he said. “It should properly know that the whole territory of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear strike and a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office, and this is just a reality, not a threat.”
Upon seeing his tweet, MSNBC’s Joy Reid immediately took to Twitter to lambast the Republican Party and their complicity in this dangerous pissing contest.
The fact that an entire political party is willing to stand by and let this dangerous game go on, for no better or more dignified reason than tax cut greed, hatred of the safety net and partisan thirst for power is incredibly depressing and worse, perilous for our democracy. https://t.co/ablBjbCeKq
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 3, 2018
The escalation is only the latest in a series of incendiary remarks between the two despotic rulers grandstanding on the international stage.
So far, all of Trump’s strongman tactics have earned him exactly nothing, as North Korea, per their own announcement, now has a “complete” nuclear arsenal. The unfortunate achievement comes on the heels of repeated missile launches in the face of Trump’s aggressive rhetoric.
The world, meanwhile, is forced to stand idly by and watch as these two authoritarian leaders attempt to outdo each other on Twitter to mollify their insatiable egos.
As to whether the Republican Party will finally step up and defend against Trump’s incendiary rhetoric, their embrace of him thus far does not suggest they will abandon the President any time soon– with midterms fast approaching, that is to their own detriment.