Beatrice Fihn, the Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) added her voice to the critics against the President for his tweet about the size of his nuclear button.
Trump wrote overnight: “North Korean leader Kim Jong-un just stated that the ‘nuclear button is on his desk at all times’.
“Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
Quoting an article written by the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, Ms Fihn tweeted: “I remember the people who’ve told to me that gender analysis of nuclear weapons was pointless.
“They were wrong, gender and nuclear weapons matters because toxic masculinity literary can kill us all.”
I remember the people who’ve told to me that gender analysis of nuclear weapons was pointless. They were wrong, gender and nuclear weapons matters because toxic masculinity literary can kill us all. https://t.co/vbJlcUg4Sf
— Beatrice Fihn (@BeaFihn) January 3, 2018
The article, written last year, said that it was “clear that reason is not the driving factor behind Trump’s words on nuclear weapons”.
It added: “Unfortunately, logic is thrown out of the window whenever Trump’s masculinity is slighted, be the perceived affront coming from a satirical TV show or a speech from a foreign leader.
“Trump’s incessant need to assert his personal and national dominance is dangerous for US national security. Peace and security cannot be won in a battle of hot-headed arrogance.”
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
Trump was branded a “madman” and widely mocked online after he sent out the tweet responding to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s claim that he can launch a nuclear weapon from a button on his desk.
Thousands took to Twitter themselves to make jokes about the President’s “huge arsenal”, claiming he was doing nothing more than comparing his manhood to Kim Jong-un.
Trump’s tweet came shortly after South Korea opened up the possibility of talks with the North to find ways to co-operate on next month’s Winter Olympics in the South and discuss other inter-Korean issues.
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As expected, reaction to Trump’s boast was one of overwhelming mockery and derision.
US political commentator Rovert Reich, who worked in the Bill Clinton and Barack Obama administrations, did not mince his words:
This madman is still the single most powerful person on the planet, with the ability to order the destruction of the world in just over four minutes. https://t.co/XIKB23NKQM
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) January 3, 2018
As Trump approaches a full year in office, he is still incapable of putting national security before his own ego.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) January 3, 2018
Peter Wehner, who worked in the Bush and Reagan administrations, was equally scathing:
Mr. Trump’s recent twitter storm/interviews are more evidence we’re watching an American president psychologically, emotionally and cognitively decompose. It’s rather alarming to watch, and the president is not well. But at least he’s cutting regulations.
— Peter Wehner (@Peter_Wehner) January 3, 2018
Others also piled in:
This is not normal.This is not funny.Seriously-Is there a rational adult on the inside who would intervene & rescind an unstable individual’s order to PUSH that Nuclear Button?(On both sides-on both sides..)#TerrifyingTauntingTyrants #ArmageddonAnxietyAgain https://t.co/I9reRu9q38
— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) January 3, 2018
When Blabbermouth Don talks about who has the bigger nuclear button, I think we all know what he’s talking about. It’s your basic dick-measuring contest. Sad!
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 3, 2018
When “nuclear button” is trending, I’m asking my GOP friends: when is enough, enough?
— Rep. Tim Walz (@RepTimWalz) January 3, 2018
Hey, @realDonaldTrump what’s cooler then a large nuclear button? Not exploding an entire country that you lead.
— Drew Kimmel (@Drewkimmel) January 3, 2018
So now we’re talking about who has the biggest nuclear button pic.twitter.com/zMLNGTChyw
— I A M O N I X X (@IAMONIXX) January 3, 2018
Only a lunatic, would tell another madman that he has bigger nuclear button, which is bigger or better.
The Earth is here for the life of every living creature. Not for Trump’s amusement.
No other leader in the Nuclear age has ever made such a stupid statement,
Impeach him! .
— Adam B. Bear (@democraticbear) January 3, 2018
1. His insecurity knows no bounds. 2. It threatens all of us. 3. Hard to imagine we will depend on the maturity of Kim Jong Un over our own president. 4. And finally, didn’t someone say, a man you can bait with a tweet shouldn’t have nuclear weapons? https://t.co/yiJTSHVf3Q
— Richard Stengel (@stengel) January 3, 2018
However, it was not all mockery – others stuck up for Trump and suggested his tweet was mass trolling of the world:
I think the best part about Trump’s “Nuclear Button” tweet, is that all the snowflakes are losing their minds.
Not only did Trump offend Little Kim Jong Un, but he also sent the Left into Snowflake Meltdown mode!
— Brandon (@brandongroeny) January 3, 2018
Trump’s Nuclear Button tweet explained in a gif. pic.twitter.com/6BI8ggUupV
— Based Conservative (@Truthpeddler1) January 3, 2018
Trump and Kim Jong-un are no strangers to lashing out at each other publicly – both exchanged crude insults last year after the UN imposed new sanctions over North Korea’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test explosion and a series of intercontinental ballistic launches.
The President said in a speech last year that he would “totally destroy” North Korea if the US was forced to defend its allies.