Nobel Prize winner claims Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s 'toxic masculinity' will kill us all

A Nobel Prize winner has claimed that the “toxic masculinity” of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un could end up destroying the planet.

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’.

<em>Donald Trump boasted that he had a bigger nuclear button than Kim Jong-un (Rex)</em>
Donald Trump boasted that he had a bigger nuclear button than Kim Jong-un (Rex)

“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.”

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.”

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:

Peter Wehner, who worked in the Bush and Reagan administrations, was equally scathing:

Others also piled in:

However, it was not all mockery – others stuck up for Trump and suggested his tweet was mass trolling of the world:

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.