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
Pot Calling The Kettle Black
Do You Have Anything Better To Do?
Watching TV, Rage Tweeting, & Playing Golf
Ranting About Cable TV Hosts
Spending Time On Twitter
Maybe Not The Best Response
Pot Calling The Kettle Kim Jong Un
Focus On Safety
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.