President Trump, Kim Jong-un trade insults; ‘Rocket Man,’ ‘Dotard,’ a new low
If you didn’t think President Trump could take presidential politics any lower than he has — guess again.
People at a railway station in Seoul on September 22, 2017, watch a television news screen showing a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang delivering a statement. US President Donald Trump is ‘mentally deranged’ and will ‘pay dearly’ for his threat to destroy North Korea, Kim Jong-Un said on September 22, as his foreign minister hinted the regime may explode a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean. Photo: JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images Embed
Exchange of ‘Rocket Man,’ ‘Dotard,’ diatribes by world leaders reminiscent of the ‘Dozens’ game of insults; tackiness a first between global leaders
COMPTON (MNS) — If you didn’t think President Trump could take presidential politics any lower than he has — guess again. Last week the president engaged North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in an exchange of insults, unprecedented in contemporary global diplomacy.
Trump started it. In a Sept. 17 tweet, he designated Kim with a new nickname — “Rocket Man,” a direct dig at the North Korean leader, who has ordered a series of missile launches and nuke tests to send to his enemies.
Two days later, on Sept. 19, in front of the United Nations General Assembly, Trump, again, mocked Kim, telling world leaders: “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself.”
The North Korean head of state was not outdone, however. In a rare statement on Sept. 22, Kim struck back, calling President Trump a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard,” vowing to “tame him” with fire.
Kim’s exact words published Sept. 21 by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency, were: “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.”
Kim’s use of “dotard” specifically raised eyebrows, prompting people around the world to Google the archaic word.
Pronounced DOE-turd, Merriam-Webster defines the noun as “a person in his or her dotage,” which is “a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness.”
Oxford’s definition: “An old person, especially one who has become weak or senile.”
Trump’s preemptive mockery of Kim prompted criticism from several Twitter users.
“This is where we’re at,” a user wrote in a tweet. “Rocket Man?” He’s using his ‘Lyin’ Ted’/’Little Marco’ whiny name-calling on a global level. We’ve elected a child.”
Jesus H Christ! A US president just called the leader of a country about to blow us up "Rocket man" Diplomacy anyone???
— Nance (@solusnan1) September 17, 2017
A second user tweeted, “Jesus H Christ! A U.S. president just called the leader of a country about to blow us up, ‘Rocket Man.’ Diplomacy anyone???”
“Rocket Man versus Diaper Boy,” a third user wrote in a tweet. “Thank you, Mr. Putin, for hacking the vote and installing your weapon in our WH. The humiliation of US is working.”
The habit of belittling his rivals with nicknames, is not new for Trump. The following are some other high-profile personalities on the receiving end of his name-calling:
Chuck Todd of NBC News – “Sleepy Eyes”
Hillary Clinton – “Crooked Hillary”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. – “Pocahontas”
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. – “Little Marco”
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas – “Lyin’ Ted”
Metropolis News Service