It’s “Rocket Man” v. “Dotard” in what might be the only petty insult contest backed by nuclear missiles.
Days after Donald Trump gave a speech to the United Nations in which he deployed a new nickname for its dictator Kim Jong-un, the “Rocket Man” himself has replied with some choice disses of his own. In an official statement — no really — Kim calls Trump a “mentally deranged” “dotard” who will “pay dearly.”
A dotard, by the way, is “a person, especially an old person, exhibiting a decline in mental faculties” according to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Trump’s speech Monday at the U.N. focused on North Korea and called out the country’s recent provocative missile tests launched over Japan. If, Trump said, the U.S. is “forced to defend itself and its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” Trump added that “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”
“A frightened dog barks louder,” said the statement released Thursday by North Korea and attributed to Kim Jong-un. “I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the U.S. pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK.”
“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire,” the statement concluded.
Terrifying geopolitical implications aside, it seemed that the North Korean dictator appears to have introduced a wide cross-section of the internet to a savage new word.
I had to look up #dotard in the dictionary
— Mayumi (@myyoume_moto) September 21, 2017
— Mike Poynton (@MikePoynton) September 21, 2017
— Melissa Colorado (@melissacolorado) September 21, 2017
Unfortunately for Trump, while almost no one thinks Kim Jong-un isn’t absolutely terrible, the consensus that quickly emerged is that, judged solely by vocabulary alone, North Korea might have won this round.
Whoa. It takes a strange kind of genius to pick a word that makes everybody find a dictionary and go "Holy cow, he IS a #dotard."
— Amy Hunt ⛺️ (@amyhuntindallas) September 21, 2017
Kim Jong Un calling Trump a #dotard means he's used an English dictionary at least one more time than Trump.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) September 21, 2017
While I'm certain no one wins in a nuclear war, I might put my money on Kim Jong Un in a game of Scrabble vs Donald Trump. #dotard
— Clever Thing Later (@CleverLater) September 21, 2017
Why has no one ever called Trump this before? https://t.co/VhcsSp8zLX
— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) September 21, 2017
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) September 21, 2017
That doesn’t mean the whole — let’s be honest, terrifying — situation doesn’t also resemble a bad rap battle.
“I want to avoid a rap battle, but if provoked, I will release our full arsenal of Kanye on the Rocket Man…”
— Michael Maiello (@MichaelMaiello) September 21, 2017
No nuclear war. I want Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un to settle this with a rap battle. https://t.co/cLmjaMBqWv
— Comrade ¡Jeb! (@jeb_comrade) September 21, 2017
But just in case we forget the stakes:
— •e b o n i• | #WHY (@eboni_ebby) September 21, 2017
Snickers, enters fortified bunker.
— Z. Czarny (@czarnyz) September 21, 2017