By Lynda Lamp
As Americans ponder daily how much further we can sink as a nation, we were reminded this past week by both Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un that we have no idea where the bottom of this pit is.
With the threat of nuclear and hydrogen bombs getting bandied about, what could be the upside of these world leaders hurling insults at each other? Honestly? Perhaps nothing, but I’m so frayed by this past week that I am searching for anything positive I can find.
What might the upside be? One positive is that a whole bunch of people turned to a dictionary this week to look up the utterly brilliant word “dotard,” the nickname Kim Jong Un so aptly dubbed Mr. Trump. As a world leader Kim Jong Un has taken exception to being called “Rocket Man,” the nickname Trump came up with for the leader of North Korea. Mr. Trump spent a fair amount of time thumping his chest over his choice of nickname for Kim Jong Un. “It’s a great nickname” Trump was heard saying.
In fact, if you google “Rocket Man nickname” you’ll discover articles that claim there is a real “theory” behind Trump’s rudeness. It’s strategic people think. The United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley as the Daily Mail reports said:
‘Well, I’ll tell you George, it worked,’ Haley told Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos. ‘I was talking to a president of an African country yesterday and he actually cited Rocket Man back to me, so I will tell you, this is a way of getting people to talk about him.’
Trump’s primary spokeswoman, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, also cheered on the characterization this morning on Fox & Friends.
‘That’s a Trump original,’ she said. ‘He is a master at branding.’
Oh, so now name calling is “branding?” What a load of crap.
Maybe I’m just old-fashioned, but in my mind, the President of the United States should never stoop to name calling world leaders. It’s outrageous that our Ambassador to the United Nations would defend such low-browed behavior.
Similar to children on a playground shouting insults and names at each other (“I know you are but what am I?”) these two world leaders have squared off.
The upside is we get to watch the Dotard watching the Rocket Man watching the Dotard watching the Rocket Man all the while knowing that Dotard (a person, especially an old person, exhibiting a decline in mental faculties; a weak-minded or foolish old person) is the better nickname.
That’s entertainment enough for now.