What Is A Rocket Man?
Donald Trump first referred to North Korean murdering despotic leader Kim Jong-Un as “Rocket Man” in a tweet.
He doubled down on the reference in his speech on September 19th to the United Nations stating:
“Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself.”
It’s helpful to remember what the term “rocket man” actually refers to. It is a nickname for “astronaut.” Astronauts are generally regarded as intelligent, accomplished and resected people. Cultural references to this abound. Perhaps none more compelling than this book title which reduces Trump’s application of this term to Kim Jong-Un to an insult to all of America’s “Rocket Men” heroes.
It used to be “rocket men” had all the “Right Stuff.” Now they are reduced to an evil despot by the capricious rhetoric of one ignorant American President.
I don’t really suggest Trump meant to compliment Kim Jong-Un. I do suggest he is too stupid to know he is doing so.