There have been numerous instances during this first year-plus of the Donald Trump Era where one could imagine uttering the phrase “stranger things have happened”. The news this week may not qualify for such a quip.
Since even before Donald Trump was sworn into office on those rainy, (depending on who you ask), steps of the Capital in January of 2017, an animosity between himself and the “supreme” leader of North Korea had been beginning to boil. And, as with all things Trump, we knew that we were in for one heck of a show.
Trump, as a candidate for the presidency in 2016 had more than a few choice words for Kim Jong Un, dictator of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; this being the name that North Korea’s mother calls them when they are in trouble. Trump led the charge, calling Kim a “maniac”, which, for all intents and purposes, is completely accurate. Kim rerouted with a bizarre, archaic insult: Dotard.
It seems that the Swiss-educated Kim was ready to dole out a couple of 1890’s-themed tongue lashing in the general direction of President-elect, and, eventually President Trump.
Trump and Kim volleyed back and forth for a bit, with senility and height often being alluded to in the fracas. Then, Trump dropped a bomb on the dainty despot: A nickname.
Those who haven’t drank away the memories of the harrowing and arduous days of the 2016 presidential election, (yet), will likely reminisce about those simpler times, back when Donald Trump’s leash with a bit looser, and the doling out of nicknames to his opponents was all the rage. Crooked Hillary. Little Marco. Crazy Bernie. Lyin’ Ted.
In fact, Trump’s use of nicknames has its own Wikipedia page, we kid you not.
We’ll spare you the search and let you know that the first name on the “Foreign Leaders” list on that page is Kim Jong Un’s entry: Little Rocket Man.
The left is, of course, completely annoyed by these Trumpian nicknames, referring to them as “childish” or “petty”.
Trump, who cannot refrain from using sadistic nicknames instead of logical arguments feels he is mistreated #NarcissismOnParade
— David Reiss M.D. (@DMRDynamics) March 29, 2017
Trump has been kind of quiet today. He was probably up late coming up with stupid nicknames for everyone against his healthcare bill
— Enter The Drago (@IvanDragoUSA) March 25, 2017
I’ve got 2 nicknames for TRUMP!
CULT LEADER TRUMP AND THE GREAT DICKTATOR!
— DEB #VINTAGECHERCREW (@deb12857) March 24, 2017
Now, we need to be honest here, some of us have probably thought that at least some of these nicknames were a little forced, a little cringe-y. That’s fine, but we need to remember that this isn’t your regular 2d chess that Trump is playing either, and, while on the surface these nicknames seem silly, they are signaling something much larger than we realize.
Trump is a Washington outsider, and new to politics. That is a lot of the reason we elected him; to waltz into downtown D.C., drain the swamp, drive out the snakes, [enter euphemism about vermin here], and basically clean house. These nicknames aren’t an indicator of the President’s mental level of combat at all – they are about outing the establishment.
It’s as though you’re watching Jurassic Park, (a swampy mess in and of itself), Donald Trump suddenly appears on screen, and immediately breaks the 4th wall. He looks around the scene, points to what he sees and says, “Look! It’s the cheapskate lawyer! There’s the grumpy old man who doesn’t like kids! Oh look, there’s a dinosaur!”
“There’s the crooked democrat! There’s the shortest guy in the debate! There’s the guy I’ve donated money to!”
These nicknames aren’t for hurting anyone’s feelings, it’s for breaking that 4th wall in Washington terms. Trump is saying that we’ve all been watching the same movie, over and over again in American politics, and we know all of the archetypal characters. We need someone to be the most crooked. We need a known liar. We need a crazy socialist. We need someone with “low energy”, (poor Jeb).
Trump isn’t insulting them – he’s pointing out to the American people that he’s not part of that system. He’s heaving back the curtain and showing us that the Great and Powerful Oz is merely a parade of the same tropes and the same characters ad nauseam.
So, when Trump drops “Little Rocket Man” on Kim Jong Un, it isn’t to say that he is a short statured man obsessed with nuclear missiles. It is to say that he is the short statured man obsessed with nuclear missile.
“Look, you’ve got your totally corrupt Russian dude over there, the angry white German lady to the left, that Boy Prince in Canada, and the little rocket man out East”.
It’s so much more derogatory and hurtful when you realize that it isn’t grade school nonsense. It’s driving a wedge between Trump’s reality and the partially scripted drama the world has been watching for centuries. It’s almost as if he’s calling the whole thing “fake”.
In short, he’s cutting through the barnyard excrement. He’s telling Kim Jong Un, “Look, I get it. You’re that guy. But, now, I’m here, and you’re not going to be that guy anymore, okay?”.
I imagine that hyperbolic scenario would actually end with Trump asking Kim Jong Un “capiche?” at the end, with a hearty slap on the shoulder, as if to say “BOOM. GOT YOU”. Then, he’d have to explain capiche to him and the effect would be lost. But I digress…
Trump’s wedge of truth has, much to the despair of the democrats, worked with North Korea, with something truly remarkable in the offing as we speak.
“North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has invited President Trump to meet for negotiations over its nuclear program, an audacious diplomatic overture that would bring together two strong-willed, idiosyncratic leaders who have traded threats of war.
“The White House said that Mr. Trump had accepted the invitation, and Chung Eui-yong, a South Korean official who conveyed it, told reporters that the president would meet with Mr. Kim within two months.
“’He expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible,’ Mr. Chung said at the White House on Thursday evening after meeting the president. Mr. Trump, he said, agreed to ‘meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization.’
“The president expressed his optimism about the meeting in a post on Twitter, saying that Mr. Kim had ‘talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze.’”
At this point, we would be remiss if we didn’t take a chance to send a true, southern, “bless your heart” to our democratic friends that were so boldly claiming that the Trump presidency would be complete and utter chaos topped with catastrophe. As all indicators have shown, America looks like it is truly on the path to its former greatness, all thanks to the unorthodox work ethic of a man who embodies the American Dream.
And, if you’re like me, you’re wondering just how this meeting will occur, especially the potential for madness from the North Korea leader, and where.
“The United States would prefer Kim make the trip to Washington D.C., but that seems highly unlikely given the North Korean strongman has never left North Korea since taking power. Even though Pyongyang has been seeking a personal meeting with a sitting U.S. president for at least two decades, experts say it would be surprising if Kim left the hermit kingdom, given his lack of diplomatic experience and presumed comfort level on his home turf.”
Of course, security is going to be the number one priority of all who are involved.
“’This meeting definitely creates some issues, but there are always counter measures,’ Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and current political analyst, told Fox News. ‘There are questions that need to be answered, like who will be armed, who will be allowed where, who gets this, who gets that. But the Secret Service is going to implement its plan no matter where it is.’
“As for coordinating a presidential trip of this historic magnitude in less than two months, Bongino noted that it may involve a great deal of intelligence gathering and heavy screening, but it is not unusual for the Secret Service to work within these parameters.
“’I’ve personally coordinated an entire Secret Service operation to Afghanistan in nine days,’ he said. ‘It’s not particularly complicated as long as you follow procedures, and May is a particularly long time window to plan for.’”
We certainly like to hear that sort of confidence from a man familiar with the job of protecting the Commander in chief.