Today’s quote comes to us from the same person yesterday’s did: Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)
Yesterday, Ellison imparted this “wisdom” to us:
“North Korea is a serious thing. You have this guy making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there. Kim Jong Un, the world always thought he was not a responsible leader. Well, he is acting more responsibly than this guy is. And what I’m telling you is that once you start seeing missile launches, you’re going to see the time for cranking up the antiwar machine is right now. So, if you don’t want to get caught deer in the headlights, start calling for diplomacy in North Korea immediately.”
My reaction to his comment, in part, was:
-President Trump is “this guy”.
-kim jung-un telling us, in so many words, that he is going to send missiles to US terroritory, thus endangering our people there, is not a bellicose threat. President Trump assuring him that we will retaliate if he fires the missiles is the bellicose threat.
-kim jung-un making these threats is more responsible behavior than President Trump telling him we will retaliate if we’re attacked.
-the answer to kim jung-un who, along with his equally deranged father, ignored has ignored almost a quarter century of diplomatic efforts to stop him is….more diplomacy.
What kind of mindless, devoid-iof-logic fool would say such a thing?
But Ellison, intelligent, insightful, thoughtful man he is, has realized the error of his ways and has tried to “walk back” yesterday’s comment.
“That was one of those I wish I’d not said. It’s tailor-made for somebody to misuse. I’d say he’s being incredibly irresponsible and he’s putting us in a situation where you could have an accidental launch. I mean, his rhetoric might make Kim Jong-un think that he needs to strike first. What we need is someone bringing calm to the situation, not spiking it.”
Tailor-made for misuse? HOW would you misuse it, Mr. Ellison? What’s hard to understand about what you said? Would it have been that hard to just tell us you should not have said it because it was unfair? Untrue? No, instead you decided to tell us that someone who saw it that way was mususing it. It’s their fault, you see. Not Ellison’s.
And then there is this: “his (Trump’s) rhetoric might make kim jung-un think that he needs to strike first”.
Uh….wasn’t President Trump’s threat that he would retaliate if kim jung-un strikes first? Isn’t the threat of a retaliation something that would deter, not encourage, a first strike by kim jung-un?
I award Keith Ellison Quote Of The Day “honors” for making himself look even more ridiculous and uninformed than his initial comment did.
Something that hard to do should be recognized.