All the right people seemed to hate President Donald Trump’s UN speech Tuesday.
A number of things stood out. He railed against socialism, telling his audience that ““the problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.” After that line was met with some laughter and applause, he continued: “From the Soviet Union to Cuba, Venezuela — wherever socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish, devastation, and failure. Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems. America stands with every person living under a brutal regime.”
And speaking of brutal regimes, the most publicized comments from Trump’s speech were those directed at North Korea. After referring to the regime’s leader Kim Jong Un as “rocket man,” he warned that the US could be forced to “totally destroy” North Korea. “Rocket man is on a suicide mission,” he said. “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
There was no shortage of pundits in the media who purposefully misinterpreted Trump’s comments as a threat against North Korea rather than what it really was, a warning meant to act as deterrence.
It’s hard to achieve peace through strength if you don’t flaunt that strength once and a while. Obama acknowledged as much last year, when he warned North Korea “we could destroy you.” The ex-president’s comments didn’t generate any faux media outrage, however.
But in addition to the mainstream media blasts that Trump received after the speech, would you believe a dictatorship found the comments problematic?
As Mediaite reported,
One day after President Donald Trump railed against — among other things — the Iran nuclear deal in his speech before the United Nations General Assembly, that nation’s President responded by denouncing Trump’s remarks in his own speech Wednesday.
Iranian President Hassan Rousani called Trump’s words “ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric — filled with ridiculously baseless allegations.” He added that the believes the speech was “unfit to be heard at the United Nations.”
A day earlier, Trump renewed his objections to the Iran nuclear deal, and suggested that he might soon nullify the pact.
“The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” Trump said. “Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States and I don’t think you have heard the last of it, believe me.”
Meanwhile, Iran’s foreign minister said that Trump’s speech “belongs in medieval times.”
Trump's ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times-not the 21st Century UN -unworthy of a reply. Fake empathy for Iranians fools no one.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) September 19, 2017
Which, of course, is certainly ironic, coming from an entire nation that belongs in medieval times.