Republican strategist Rick Wilson has written a blistering takedown of President Donald Trump’s trip to North Korea, which he described as “an inconsequential photo-op with a hopped-up fatboy dictator.”
In a Daily Beast column titled “Art of the Moron,” Wilson says it was absurd for Trump to tout a joint statement signed by the United States and North Korea that didn’t mention any way to verify that North Korea is dismantling its nuclear weapons program.
“Russia, Iran, Syria, and other bad actors want to thank you, Mr. President,” he writes. “You sent the clearest of signals that sanctions regimes, inspections, and verified denuclearization are no longer relevant in our brave new era of nationalist populist strongmen and Michael Bay knockoff videos.”
He went on to say that autocrats all over the world now know that they just have to “kiss your ample ass long enough and shower you with enough superficial praise and they can play you like the trifling intellectual lightweight you most certainly are.”
Wilson also predicts that Trump will pay dearly for spiking the football on North Korea once the regime starts lobbing threats at the U.S. and its allies again.
“You’ve set your fans up for a spectacular comedown when North Korea does what it always does,” he writes.