It’s hard to tell which part of President Trump’s State of the Union speech was most triggering for liberals. Trump citing record-low African-American unemployment really seemed to tick off the Congressional Black Caucus, for example, and who knows what the chants of “USA” did to the Democrats’ internal organs.
Vox founder Ezra Klein found the bit about North Korea scary, in that it sounded (to him) like Trump preparing the nation for war.
This section of the speech is not about North Korea's nuclear arsenal. It is about demonizing the (genuinely awful) North Korean regime, about framing them as anti-Christian, in the way presidents do when they are preparing the country for war.
This is scary.
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) January 31, 2018
It is just us or is the really scary thing how the North Korean nuclear threat was utterly ignored by the previous administration?
The threat’s always been there, and liberals seem to think the danger comes from Trump pointing it out, rather than being “pragmatic” and just learning to “tolerate” nuclear weapons in the hands of Kim Jong Un.
So, demonizing the genuinely awful North Korean regime is scary?
Oh please. https://t.co/2S1brTMBPt
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) January 31, 2018
Lighten up, Francis. https://t.co/gXJcEeNHgw
— David Edward (@_David_Edward) January 31, 2018
Somehow Ezra manages to talk himself into thinking a sentiment he agrees with is scary. https://t.co/3yU1zuWzOD
— neontaster ? (@neontaster) January 31, 2018
Invest in a set of strap-on balls.
Damn almighty. https://t.co/dpGq7QIIpa
— ?Honey Badger ? (@nickie_greer) January 31, 2018
Deep breaths, in….and out, you'll be ok lil buddy. https://t.co/iJe9Op20DY
— Deplorable "Not A Bot" Scott?? (@SkidWillie) January 31, 2018
Take a Midol. You're losing it.https://t.co/ZchPiNskrD
— ☠Problematic AF™☠State of The Resistance (@EF517_V2) January 31, 2018
Somebody get Juicebox a diaper change. He thinks pointing out the awfulness of North Korea is scary. https://t.co/dHwC5W5LFB
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) January 31, 2018
Yes. And yet every word was true. https://t.co/siLdMyNeCS
— Jason Johnson (@jasonsjohnson) January 31, 2018
You can't "demonize" a regime that is already demonic https://t.co/Ilawn8Hv4c
— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) January 31, 2018
Stop demonizing that guy who starves his own people! https://t.co/p7VwpqTSX9
— Jamie Kirchick (@jkirchick) January 31, 2018
Oh please. The regime is demonic, saying so is a moment of clarity. https://t.co/f3KY2IkkZz
— Eli Lake (@EliLake) January 31, 2018
Oh, get a grip. Trump, unlike his predecessor, was being bluntly honest about a monstrous regime. It was a refreshing moment of moral clarity. https://t.co/BUJmdS3SHA
— Phineas Fahrquar (@irishspy) January 31, 2018
Let me help you out there, Ezra. North Korea are the enemy, they are a despotic regime that starves its own people, and they are fully deserving of all demonization from the civilized world. There is no nuance with them. https://t.co/zUiirX2GIx
— Oliver Jia (オリバー・ジア) (@FOXHOUNDER1014) January 31, 2018
What's scary is pulling out the Christian trope like a worn out pom pom to wave at the home team.
Perhaps scary is the wrong word.
Pathetic fits better.
BTW: The scary part is a desperate, impoverished nation suddenly acquiring nuclear weapons capability. https://t.co/UUZeQvXFqu
— Bohemio (@El__Bohemio) January 31, 2018
God forbid we be too harsh on North Korea. https://t.co/wmzUxLvgd1
— Holden (@Holden114) January 31, 2018
Maybe if you guys hadn't been on red alert 'WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE' every week in response to every Trump sneeze or cough people might take you more seriously. https://t.co/eDG4YgN6Nh
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) January 31, 2018
Apparently Klein thinks that Trump saying the truth about NK, which Klein himself says is true, is scary and war mongering. This is a prime example of how so many bought into Obama's fantasy of appeasing awful regimes, reality scared them too much https://t.co/x7YuuIeLPt
— John Locke (@jlocke613) January 31, 2018
This thinking here is so deranged. Then again, this is the left https://t.co/06jd2UILTb
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) January 31, 2018
This take seems a little extreme https://t.co/8E4OCYQn7H
— Fratt Damon ® (@ConorT10) January 31, 2018
when you havent written anything and your hot take is due by ten and your grade is good enough you can phone one in just once https://t.co/ALrMcbKsWg
— ALL CAPS BOSS (@turrible_tao) January 31, 2018