North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a ruthless dictator who has imprisoned and starved his people, but he’s “more responsible” than President Donald Trump. At least according to Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN):

What an ass:

Ellison made the comment during a panel discussion at Netroot Nation, a gathering of progressive activists that’s being held this year in Atlanta. Video here via the Washington Free Beacon:

Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel confronted Ellison after the panel, and he retracted:

Weigel reported that the some in the audience were on board with Ellison’s awful comment:

There were murmurs of agreement in the room before Ellison described what would need to happen before a “missile launch” become a reality.

Ellison later realized he maybe didn’t phrase it so well:

“That was one of those I wish I’d not said,” Ellison said. “It’s tailor-made for somebody to misuse. I’d say he’s being incredibly irresponsible and he’s putting us in a situation where you could have an accidental launch. I mean, his rhetoric might make Kim Jong Un think that he needs to strike first. What we need is someone bringing calm to the situation, not spiking it.”

Sure, we’ll just let it go:

Or not…

Yep. A well-earned ad if there ever was one.

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