A Gallup poll out today shows 90 percent of Americans think Kim Jong Un is “the much better insulter” of the two and that, if words could kill, Trump would probably be dead by now.
“As much practice as President Trump gets at insulting people, you’d think he’d win the war of words between him and Kim in a cakewalk, but Americans just aren’t impressed with what he’s coming up with,” says Darrell Thompson, professor of communications at Princeton who oversaw the poll for the Gallup Organization. “‘Rocket Man’ was good, people agree, but it pales in comparison to ‘dotard,’ which is off the charts.”
Trump had called Kim “Rocket Man” in his speech before the General Assembly of the United Nations. In response, Kim called Trump a “dotard,” which refers to an elderly person who exhibits signs of mental decline.
The poll showed that Trump improved “Rocket Man” by revising it to “Little Rocket Man,” but poll respondents said that was too little too late.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s press secretary, said actions are more important than words, and the president has promised far more actions than Kim. “No one has said they’ll take more action than President Trump,” she said. “There is so much action in the works that what Kim Jong Un says or doesn’t say is of no consequence. Do we wish people appreciated the president’s insults more? Of course, but we’re focused on talk about action, not just talk. So, let Kim win this round; we’ll win the round when it comes to talking about all the action we’re planning, Yes, we’re talking a lot about action, but that’s because we’re promising a lot.”
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