President Donald Trump's Twitter habit has become a touchy subject across America. In the last few weeks, the president has tweeted a video of himself beating up CNN, slung personal insults at Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, and attacked various "fake news." These Tweets have mostly evoked a response of anger, frustration, and disappointment. But Trump's response to reports that North Korea launched intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) on Monday caused a new response: Twitter users are calling out Trump for irony and hypocrisy.
Indeed, North Korea claimed on Tuesday that it conducted ICBM tests for the first time. Theoretically, the missiles could have the ability to reach Alaska. In response, Trump tweeted, "North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea... and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all."
Trump criticized China throughout his presidential campaign over the country's trade deal with the U.S. Recently, he's put pressure on China to stop military advances from North Korea, and backed off of other criticisms of the country. Whether China will be able to negotiate, or should be responsible for negotiating with North Korea, is up for debate.
Either way, there are lots of problems with Trump's tweet. For one, you can argue that North Korea's leader could also ask Trump if he has "anything better to do with his life" considering how much he tweets. Furthermore, Trump's previous remarks about Korea's leader have notably been a little different. In an April interview, for example, Trump called Kim Jong-Un a "pretty smart cookie" for coming into power at a young age and keeping that power. That interview also took place only a day after North Korea tested short-range ballistic missiles, which ultimately failed. This last missile test, however, seems more concerning.
Height Of Irony
You TWEETING "Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?" is the absolute height of irony!— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) July 4, 2017
Pot Calling The Kettle Black
"Does this guy have anything better to do?" Talk about the pot calling the kettle black...— Khaleda Rahman (@khaleda) July 4, 2017
Do You Have Anything Better To Do?
Do you have anything better to do with your life? Please say yes.— Anthony Citrano (@acitrano) July 4, 2017
Watching TV, Rage Tweeting, & Playing Golf
Same could be asked of Trump. He has spent more of his presidency watching TV, rage tweeting, and playing golf than any of his predecessors— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) July 4, 2017
Ranting About Cable TV Hosts
Says the guy twitter ranting about cable tv hosts all day. 🤦🏻♂️— ᴍᴀʀᴛɪɴ ᴘɪᴛᴛᴇɴᴀᴜᴇʀ (@map) July 4, 2017
Spending Time On Twitter
is this a parody account?— tim krochak (@real_timbophoto) July 4, 2017
Maybe Not The Best Response
There's gotta be a better way to handle this.— Tim Duffy™ (@TimDuffy) July 4, 2017
Covfefe— Ashleigh Wilson (@ashleighbwilson) July 4, 2017
"Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?" is the rhetorical question Americans ask each morning. About you, Mr. President.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) July 4, 2017
says the guy compulsively tweeting instead of presidenting— Okja Rule (@JustinCaffier) July 4, 2017
today's automatic winner for best unintended irony— randall g. arnold (@texrat) July 4, 2017
Pot Calling The Kettle Kim Jong Un
This is the pot calling the kettle Kim Jong Un.— Dan Hevia (@DanHevia) July 4, 2017
I mean don't you have something better to do than tweet? Like maybe be President?
"Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?" pic.twitter.com/hN9ZJrz92c— Greg (@waltisfrozen) July 4, 2017
Focus On Safety
Focus on making sure we are safe instead of mocking him.— Dave Weasel (@DaveWeasel) July 4, 2017
Trump's priorities via tweets— kim (@kim) July 1, 2017
Harassing Women: 1278
As you can see, lots of users questioned Trump's priorities of tweeting insults at the North Korean leader rather than pledging to protect the country from potential harm should ballistic missiles be developed and successfully used, especially on the day before Independence Day.