Americans say there’s no comparison between the insults North Korea leader Kim Jong-un hurls at President Donald Trump and the ones Trump hurls at Kim Jong-un.
In a Marist poll released this morning, 74 percent of Americans say Kim’s insults, which include calling Trump a dotard, are “far and away” better than Trump’s insults, which include calling Kim Rocket Man and Little Rocket Man.
“You would think Trump, given his experience insulting people, would be more effective at insulting Kim than he has been, but Americans say they’re just not impressed with what Trump has come up with,” says Terry Norton, director of public polling at Marist.
In the poll, 69 percent of Americans say “Rocket Man” and “Littke Rocket Man” are relatively lame, and that Trump’s calling Kim “a sick puppy,” while better than Rocket Man, isn’t enough to make anyone snicker or otherwise feel superior to the North Korean people.
At the same time, a whopping 86 percent say “dotard” is an awesome putdown that North Koreans should be proud of. “If they feel superior to Americans because their leader called our president a dotard, that’s totally understandable,” one respondent said in the comment section of the poll. “I wish we would have called their leader a dotard, bit we didn’t, so you have to give them this one.”
Another respondent said Trump needs to “up his game” if he’s going to keep the confidence of the American people. “When the leader of the free world can’t come up with anything better than Rocket Man or Sick Puppy, you have to wonder what his staff is doing in the White House,” the respondent said. “Whatever they’re doing, they’re not being clever and we’re obviously paying them too much money, because what does Kim’s people earn, a can of chop suey? Give me a break.”
Americans also said “Pocahontas,” Trump’s name for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), is not very good, because few people remember what they learned about her in second grade and those who do remember say it sounds like a compliment. “He’d be better off just calling her a liar since that’s what this is all about, right?” one respondent said. “She lied about being part Indian. I would just call her a liar. Trump’s pretty stupid for calling her something most people have a good association with.”
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