North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a ruthless dictator who has imprisoned and starved his people, but he’s “more responsible” than President Donald Trump. At least according to Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN): Ellison on Trump: "Kim Jong Un? The world thought he was not a responsible leader. Well, he's acting more responsible than this guy." -- DNC Deputy Chair and United States Representative just said this. What an ass: Bizarre thing to say about a dictator operating a gulag state that exports illicit narcotics, supports rogue actors, and kills Americans. This seems like not a super smart thing to say.
Ellison made the comment during a panel discussion at Netroot Nation, a gathering of progressive activists that’s being held this year in Atlanta. Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel confronted Ellison after the panel, and he retracted: -- Dave Weigel: “I followed up w Ellison and he retracted this.” -- Weigel reported that the some in the audience were on board with Ellison’s awful comment: “There were murmurs of agreement in the room before Ellison described what would need to happen before a “missile launch” become a reality.”
Ellison later realized he maybe didn’t phrase it so well: “That was one of those I wish I’d not said,” Ellison 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.” -- Sure, we’ll just let it go: But then Ellison said never mind. So never mind, everybody. Don't be racist. Or not… Annnnnd there's an RNC attack ad. Yep. A well-earned ad if there ever was one.