The rather predictable saber-rattling from North Korea in the first half-year of President Donald Trump’s administration has driven Democrats and the media to hysterics.
The opponents of the president have not blamed the dangerous, eccentric leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, but Trump himself as the agitator escalating tensions between the two countries.
On Friday, Democrats, media, and even liberal-leaning world leaders began to beat back not at the power-hungry Kim, but against Trump.
Trump had offended the Democrats and liberals (and North Korean communists) earlier in the week, when he said North Korean aggression would be met with "fire and fury," the likes of which the world had never seen. The rhetoric was a response to North Korean threats and the rogue nation's missile tests.
Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to complain about Trump, and he got 63 others Democrats to co-sign.
"These statements are irresponsible and dangerous, and also senselessly provide a boon to domestic North Korean propaganda which has long sought to portray the United States as a threat to their people," reads Conyers' letter. "We respectfully but firmly urge you to do everything in your power to ensure that President Trump and other administration officials understand the importance of speaking and acting with the utmost caution and restraint on this delicate issue. Congress and the American public will hold President Trump responsible if a careless or ill-advised miscalculation results in conflict that endangers our service members and regional allies."
Susan Rice, President Barack Obama's former national security adviser, warned on Thursday that Trump's possible plan to strike North Korea and its missile silos first would be a disaster.
"A pre-emptive war, if one were actually thinking of executing that, would be catastrophic," Rice told CNN.
War-related apprehension even caused some tweets encouraging outright treason.
"To all the generals surrounding our idiot-in-chief," tweeted comedian Chelsea Handler on Friday morning. "The longer U wait to remove him, the longer UR name will appear negatively in history."
To make matters more excruciating for the media and celebrities, Trump used the term "locked and loaded" on Friday, stating that a U.S. plan to counterattack North Korea was ready.
That threw some in the media and the Democrats further over the edge.
"Trump Continues to Shock With His Belligerent Comments," read a Friday morning headline at the website of U.S. News and World Report. "President defies norms in statements to press."
A Massachusetts senator tweeted that Trump was seeking to start an unprovoked war.
"No U.S. President, certainly not Trump, should have sole authority to initiate an unprovoked #nuclearwar," tweeted U.S. Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.).
The whining came even from overseas allies.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the United Nations and the United States should continue more of the same when it comes to dealing with North Korea.
"I ... am firmly convinced that an escalation of rhetoric will not contribute to a solution of this conflict," said Merkel. "I do not see a military solution to this conflict; rather, I see continuous work, like we have seen in the U.N. Security Council, with members with resolutions in view of North Korea. And, above all, very close cooperation with affected countries, especially the United States and China, but also South Korea, of course, Japan."
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