US President Donald Trump loves a good squabble. While his schoolyard-like name calling isn’t exactly presidential, he has proven successful at tarring his political opponents with insulting tags that they’ve found hard to shrug off.
Like ‘Crooked Hillary’, for former First Lady and failed presidential contender Hillary Clinton.
Or ‘Pocahontas’, for Senator Elizabeth Warren, who’s claims of American Indian ancestry were mocked by Trump even before DNA tests revealed her claim was based on a single ancestor some 6–10 generations ago.
In the latest war of words, Trump has backed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s scrutiny of former US Vice President Joe Biden, rejecting criticism he was choosing a dictator over a fellow American, as reported by Reuters.
‘Well, Kim Jong-un made a statement that Joe Biden is a low IQ individual. He probably is, based on his record. I think I agree with him on that,’ he said to a news conference in Tokyo on Monday.
Trump tweeted a similar message on Saturday, which drew further criticism to the US President.
The timing of Trump’s tweet on Sunday and his comments on Monday didn’t go unnoticed, as the president aligned himself with Kim.
Both leaders are not shy about deriding political opponents.
Last week North Korea’s government-run news agency released a vicious attack on Biden, after he was critical of the state, according to Reuters.
Trump praising a dictator
The comments happened over the US Memorial Day weekend. Leading US Representative and Republican Adam Kinzinger called out the president on Sunday for ‘praising a dictator’ and attacking Biden over a holiday that remembers and honours people who have died while serving in the US armed forces.
On Twitter he said, ‘It’s just plain wrong.’
On Monday Democratic candidate for president and Navy veteran, Pete Buttigieg also voiced disapproval:
‘Kim Jong-un is a murderous dictator and Vice President Biden served this country honourably. It’s just one more example, though, of the way that this president tries to draw attention to himself by saying things that shock the conscience…’
Trump took a swing at Biden and former president Barack Obama on Monday for their attempts to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.
‘Joe Biden was a disaster, his administration with President Obama, they were basically a disaster when it came to so many things, whether it was economy, whether it was military … no matter what it was, they had a lot of problems,’ Trump said.
When asked whether criticism he was favouring Kim over the former vice president, trump simply replied:
‘So, I’m not a fan.’
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