President Trump didn’t mince words with his threat to North Korea after its warning about retaliation against the U.S. for UN sanctions.
From his vacation in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump on Tuesday shot back at the dictatorship with: “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” There’s a reason that frightening rhetoric sounds familiar: It’s similar to the language North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un uses, or at least the language used by the state-run media that speaks for him and his government.
Here’s Trump unleashing the terrifying warning.
And here’s the over-the-top statement North Korea gave about retaliation for UN sanctions: It included “thousands-fold” revenge and “violent infringement of its sovereignty” that was caused by a “heinous U.S. plot to isolate and stifle” the country.
just took an office poll of “who said it?” kim jun un or trump. all guessed kim jung un
— Larry (@Size10Envelope) August 8, 2017
Time for a game of “Who said it? Donald Trump or Kim Jong Un?”
— Kellie O’Gara (@LovelyShoes) August 8, 2017
Sounds like Trump just retweeted Kim Jung Un.
— Ed G (@edyson22) August 8, 2017
Before these back-and-forth threats filled with fire and brimstone, the similarities in their speaking styles were already there. Kim has his fair share of propaganda videos and footage. Oh, look, Trump does, too.
Like Kim, Trump is all about eradicating evil. Kim last year said his country “can tip new-type intercontinental ballistic rockets with more powerful nuclear warheads and keep any cesspool of evils in the earth, including the U.S. mainland, within our striking range.”
While Kim is a a bit more verbose than the U.S. president, Trump, too, is obsessed with evil. He tweets about it:
We must keep “evil” out of our country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017
During Trump’s inauguration speech he included strong language about a bleak America full of poor, single mothers, “rusted out factories like tombstones,” and gangs and crime terrorizing cities. “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” he said during the speech, which former President George W. Bush reportedly called “some weird shit.”
Kim also uses bleak language and hyperbole to put things down. In a 2014 visit to a museum the North Korean leader said, “The massacres committed by the U.S. imperialist aggressors…