As funny as it may be, it shouldn’t be this easy to joke about the president, and material certainly shouldn’t be available this frequently.
On Saturday, Trump took a break from Tweeting about his good old pal Putin to send this out about North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-Un:
Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2017
The Tweet was a response to North Korean media, according to The Hill:
His comments come after North Korea state media last week said “reckless remarks by an old lunatic like Trump will never scare us or stop our advance.”
There’s a lot to unpack in Trump’s response. First of all, instead of remaining presidential, he resorted to name-calling against a leader who has already threatened destructive force against the United States. “Short and fat” is something a third grader would come up with after being insulted on the playground.
Then, there’s the matter of claiming to be Kim Jong-Un’s “friend”. Trump has threatened repeatedly that he will put a stop to North Korea, so how does that play into images of sleepovers and potluck dinners?
The United States and North Korea have been at major odds for months, with the threat of nuclear war hanging over both countries. Trump continuing to antagonize Jong-Un, who he has referred to in the past as “Rocket Man,” could have dangerous consequences.
What’s Happening Now:
Stephen Colbert has had it with Trump’s off the wall responses.
On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the late night host went after several of Trump’s antics from the week, such as Trump saying that he believed Putin when he said Russia did not interfere with the 2016 presidential election, something all American intelligence agencies have disproven.
Trump tried to walk his claims back, but the damage had been done.
During the section of his show where Colbert went after Trump’s Tweet, he tore it apart, bit by bit.
He started with the fact that Trump only had a problem with being called “old,” when North Korean media had in fact called him an “old lunatic.” Apparently, Trump has no issue being called crazy, just with being called both old and crazy.
“Way to diffuse the nuclear standoff, Donald!” Colbert joked in response to the second section of the first part of Trump’s Tweet, in which he says “when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?””
Colbert delved further, saying that Trump would be a terrible hostage negotiator, because he would be unable to keep himself from shouting at insults during a high-pressure negotiation.
“Listen, there’s no need to harm the hostages, you fat bald fatty,” Colbert said, imitating Trump.
“‘You know what, I dare you to kill him. I dare you to kill him and then eat him.'”
While the segment is funny, it is worrying: why does a late night comedian have so much material every single night to go over the figurehead of the country? How does a Tweet as ridiculous as the one featured even exist on a presidential account?
Trump just keeps proving again and again that he is thrown by having to act like a president at any time.
H/T: The Hill