Watching Donald Trump conduct himself on the world stage is watching the erosion of American power in real time. The president is utterly ignorant, utterly incompetent, and utterly ill-intentioned. He talks like a child and today’s address to the United Nations General Assembly was no different.
Trump stood up in front of the world and threatened to wipe out 25 million North Koreans, and referred to their leader as “rocket man,” a juvenile turn of phrase that shows he is not taking the situation seriously enough.
Trump calls Kim Jung Un "Rocket Man" in a speech to the United Nations.
This is real life. pic.twitter.com/7J0y4RzgfY
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) September 19, 2017
The faces of the world leaders watching told the story clearly enough: they no longer respect America. One face in particular though told a different tale.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was photographed with his face in his hand, seemingly disgusted or shocked into disbelief by Trump’s disgraceful performance.
Kelly was originally touted as the no-nonsense military man who would get Trump’s White House in order and push for that “pivot” that inane punditry keeps insisting Trump will make.
The truth is, the pivot is not coming. The idiotic reality television star who became president is not going to suddenly flip a switch and develop compassion or responsibility. He is an incapable leader, and that much was clear to the sixty-five million Americans who voted instead for Secretary Hillary Clinton.