On Friday, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) made a bold statement that he soon regretted saying.
At the Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta, Ellison, who also serves as the Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee, was participating in a panel and was asked about the ongoing tensions between North Korea and the U.S. He responded by claiming the North Korean dictator, who earlier this week had threatened to bomb the U.S. territory of Guam, was acting more responsibly than President Trump.
“North Korea is a serious thing,” he began. “You have this guy making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there. Kim Jong-un, the world always thought he was not a responsible leader well he’s acting more responsible than this guy is.”
He went on to urge the crowd that if they “don’t want to get caught, deer-in-the-headlights,” when missiles start flying that they should “call in North Korea immediately.”
After the panel wrapped up, Ellison walked back his remarks to Dave Weigel of The Washington Post.
“That was one of those I wish I’d not said,” he regretted. “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.”