WATCH: Keith Ellison Says Kim Jong Un ‘Acting More Responsible’ Than Trump
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WATCH: Keith Ellison Says Kim Jong Un ‘Acting More Responsible’ Than Trump

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Keith Ellison.

Representative Keith Ellison said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “acting more responsible” than President Donald Trump. Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, later retracted that but still said he thinks Trump is “irresponsible.”

During an appearance at the progressive Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta on Friday, Ellison said Trump’s strong rhetoric proves that the antiwar movement must also be as strong.

“You have this guy making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there,” Ellison, who also serves as the Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, said. “Kim Jong Un — the world always thought he was not a responsible leader. Well, he’s acting more responsible than this guy.”

He continued, “The time for cranking up the antiwar machine is right now. If you don’t want to be a deer in the headlights, start calling for diplomacy immediately.”

After the conference, Ellison told the Washington Post that he probably shouldn’t have made his point that way and immediately knew it could be used as as attack against him.

“That was one of those I wish I’d not said,” Ellison told the Post. “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.”

Ellison’s prediction was correct, as the Republican National Committee’s rapid-response director, Michael Ahrens, told the Post, “With radical beliefs like these, Democrats need to decide whether Keith Ellison deserves to speak for their party going forward.”

Ellison’s statement came after a week of escalating tension between the U.S. and North Korea. Trump has amped up the rhetoric after North Korea threatened to launch missiles to land off the coast of the U.S. territory of Guam.

On Friday afternoon, Trump stood by his “fire and fury” comments.

“I hope that they are going to fully understand the gravity of what I said, and what I said is what I mean,” Trump said from his golf club in New Jersey. “So hopefully they’ll understand exactly what I said and the meaning of those words. Those words are very, very easy to understand.”

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JOHN MAYOR

You don’t say!… really?… seriously?… who’d have thunk it!
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You know!… I think the CONSCIONABLE and RESPONSIBLE in America should send off a letter to Kim, to P-L-E-A-D with Kim to hold a BIG OLD FAT L-O-V-E I-N for him, and for the kids and families of North Korea!
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And the first people on my list to instigate this, would be Dennis Rodman, Chelsea Handler, and Joy Behar! And I’m sure there would be T-H-O-U-S-A-N-D-S of other celebrities who would like to throw their arms around chubby Kim and tell him that we– the CONSCIONABLE and RESPONSIBLE Americans!– L-O-V-E him, and the children and families of North Korea! And, that we don’t want North Korea to feel isolated!… and that we don’t want the children and families of North Korea to be unhappy and to feel unloved!… and that we don’t want Kim to feel that “putting the boots” to PHEWTUS– or anyone!– is the way to solve our global problems!… and that we don’t want North Korea to believe that PHEWTUS is the T-R-U-E spokesperson for America! I’m fed up with this B-L-*-*-D-Y N-O-N-S-E-N-S-E from PHEWTUS! Let us ask Kim if he would invite the CONSCIONABLE and RESPONSIBLE and LOVING U.S. citizens to a WONDERFUL PARTY!… and thereby, change the hearts and minds of North Korea to America!… and to its place in the world! And Kim!… those that LOVE you, and your country’s babies, and your families, will even bring our own food, drink, and gifts!… and the only thing that we ask of you in return, is that you extend those chubby LOVING ARMS! And Kim!… the world now has its eyes on Guam!… and we have read, and have heard your concern! And there’s NOTHING that Guam is planning to do, that the WORLD’S MEDIA is NOT keeping an eye on! PROVACATION!… FOLKS!… IS A TWO-WAY STREET!!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

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