On Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump tweeted a taunt to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un about how much bigger his “Nuclear Button” is — and Twitter predictably exploded in criticism.
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
“I remember when these fights were about hand size and not nuclear button size,” The Guardian‘s Ben Jacobs tweeted.
I remember when these fights were about hand size and not nuclear button size https://t.co/Ay8SkH4QLa
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) January 3, 2018
Others took a less humorous tone, calling it “worrisome” and even an open threat of nuclear war.
The president of the United States is openly threatening nuclear war. https://t.co/bVKLETWqh7
— Steve Peoples (@sppeoples) January 3, 2018
Check out some of the best below.
Also there’s a red button for Diet Cokes https://t.co/ntl2yYw0fV
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 3, 2018
“much bigger & more powerful one” ! https://t.co/VTltEriCWm
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) January 3, 2018
he means his dong
— Paul Blest (@pblest) January 3, 2018
This is a real tweet from a real American President. What a time to live in fear of nuclear annihilation by 80s cartoon villains https://t.co/PhObBUvkHS
— Upulie Divisekera (@upulie) January 3, 2018
If you love our country, help me put this lunacy in check. Tell @realDonaldTrump this is not normal behavior. Any @HouseGOP members want to make sure Congress has some say before he pushes that button? https://t.co/qI7pVc3I5I
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) January 3, 2018
Is it still pro-life if every one of us dies before the end of his presidency? https://t.co/9bwbJQKaAa
— Benjamin L Corey (@BenjaminLCorey) January 3, 2018
Having a president like Trump who brags “Mine is bigger than yours” to overcome an apparent fear of impotence and emasculation would be merely pathetic if it didn’t risk nuclear war. Hate to say it, but @realDonaldTrump is a danger to civilization. https://t.co/4Fb708t9Is
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) January 3, 2018
This is not a game. This is not a reality show. This is a clear and present danger. We should all be deeply worried by this new tweet. https://t.co/54ZKcneoUT
— Joe Cirincione (@Cirincione) January 3, 2018
Most years are 365 days; some are 366. This one’ll be about four, probably? It’s been a good run! https://t.co/9JLfKQdMs0
— Scott Aukerman (@ScottAukerman) January 3, 2018
This is the President of the United States having to publicly say “mine’s bigger,” which usually means it’s not. Next it’ll be “I’m rubber, you’re glue”. God save us. https://t.co/cuPc8eU5Sk
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 3, 2018
"My button is bigger than your button" – this is what the office of President has come to? https://t.co/EjBAvdV1OM
— George Aylett (@GeorgeAylett) January 3, 2018
No no that one brings Diet Coke. You have to use the phone for the nukes. https://t.co/8uBEOeMlrS
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 3, 2018
— X (@XLNB) January 3, 2018
Trump, at his desk with his finger over a giant red circle from a piece of a Twister mat: I swear to god I will press this giant button! https://t.co/6K0jYY2MJJ
— DL (@davelozo) January 3, 2018
— Randy Bryce (@IronStache) January 3, 2018