Trump Threatens ‘Fire and Fury’ Against North Korea, and a Scared and Furious Internet Freaks, Mocks His Response
‘The Thing About Firm Warnings Is You Lose Credibility if You Don’t Follow Through’
PresidentÂ Donald Trump, finally responding to news North Korea can miniaturizeÂ a nuclear bomb to fit on a missile that could reach the United States, took exactly the wrong position. Instead of cooler heads prevailing, Trump threatened North Korea with a nuclear attack.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the U.S.” Trump told reporters in what appears to beÂ unscriptedÂ remarks. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
On MSNBC, General Barry McCaffrey (ret.) called Trump’s remarks “babble,” said Trump sounds like a North Korean dictator, and noted, “if you threaten someone, you do it in private.” He also said it’s not a good signal to the U.S. armed forces.
Many retweeted this four-year old post from Donald Trump:
Be prepared, there is a small chance that our horrendous leadership could unknowingly lead us into World War III.
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2013
The Wall Street Journal even blamed Trump’s remarks for breaking a DOW winning streak:
Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ comments put an end to the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s winning streakhttps://t.co/VypEucEr1T
â€” Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) August 8, 2017
The President’s remarks with met not with respect but with mockery â€“ or revulsion â€“Â from many on social media. And while this is no time to treat the nuclear threat from North Korea as a joke, it’s this president who has no idea what he’s doing and has grossly miscalculated this moment.
Meanwhile, the “Game of Thrones” analogies were rampant (the series is based in part on a similarly-sounding novel, “A Song of Ice and Fire. Plus, dragons.)
A Song of Fire and Fury
â€” Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) August 8, 2017
Trump’s North Korea strategy. #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/ZsfpWw9KAU
â€” Benjamin Siemon (@BenjaminJS) August 8, 2017
Trump will unleash his 3 dragons on North Korea today. #fireandfury pic.twitter.com/TIysXdOjGi
â€” Jeff Gauvin (@JeffersonObama) August 8, 2017
TFW you think youâ€™re Khaleesi but youâ€™re actually a poor manâ€™s Craster #fireandfury pic.twitter.com/VKkyDojrLJ
â€” Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) August 8, 2017
Others used Trump’s words to offer movie titles:
The Fire and the Fury
2 Fire 2 Fury
The Fire and the Fury: Pyongyang Drift
Fire & Furious
Fire & Fury 6
The Fate of the
â€” Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) August 8, 2017
Some made astute observations:
The thing about firm warnings is you lose credibility if you don’t follow through. What exactly is President Trump threatening here? https://t.co/zAzBb7zb12
â€” Mary Louise Kelly (@NPRKelly) August 8, 2017
The world has seen fire and fury. pic.twitter.com/VVsoRkKuFG
â€” Schooley (@Rschooley) August 8, 2017
Sure, if USG wants to be the only country to use nukes…AGAIN. Radiation all over NE Asia. Also, bye-bye Seoul. https://t.co/5LaeEMr6b4
â€” John Schindler (@20committee) August 8, 2017
Wondering if the president knows that it’s already Aug. 9th in Japan-the 72nd anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki. #FireAndFury https://t.co/SDFK5bfPfO
â€” Ben Gross (@bhgross144) August 8, 2017
â€” Craig Peters (@LOHADdotcom) August 8, 2017
And others just used the opportunity to express frustration, and to try to find some comic relief:
â€” Scott Gould (@scott_gould) August 8, 2017
The fire and the fury are coming pic.twitter.com/UAczzBTkUM
â€” Madison (@madbev1991) August 8, 2017
A friendly reminder. pic.twitter.com/9Osq38PwAF
â€” Anthony M. Kreis (@AnthonyMKreis) August 8, 2017
speaking for myself (and probably a lot of the world), we really, really don’t want to see that “fire and fury” – like ever
â€” Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) August 8, 2017
Just read the “fire and fury” quote to my sister, who hadn’t heard it yet. She asked: who said it? North Korea or Trump?
â€” Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) August 8, 2017
If I die in Nuclear war I’m going to be really pissed at the Bernie Bros.
â€” Fozzie (@Fozziebare) August 8, 2017
All this talk about NKorea… I’m not worried. I’ve trained for this moment… #FireandFury pic.twitter.com/pNkQOlqRTx
â€” Jason Seipp (@jasonseipp) August 8, 2017
It’s probably best if Trump doesn’t receive any further information on North Korea ever again.
â€” Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) August 8, 2017
32% approval rating. That’s only 2% away from starting a nuclear war with NKorea. #NorthKorea #distraction #fireandfury #Armageddon pic.twitter.com/rrCqsk5ORi
â€” Take Ivanka to Work (@IvankaToWorkDay) August 8, 2017
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Trump Indictment Is a Massive 34 Counts: CNN
When he appears in New York next week, Donald Trump will face a 34-count indictment.
CNN’s John Miller on-air Thursday evening announced, “I am told by my sources that this is 34 counts of falsification of business records, which is probably a lot of charges involving each document, each thing that was submitted, as a separate count.”
JUST IN: CNN’s John Miller says Trump will face 34 counts related to falsifying business recordshttps://t.co/XqxXbMBcSC pic.twitter.com/oY1blHS8K0
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 30, 2023
Attorney Tristan Snell, who assisted in the successful prosecution of the Trump University case for the New York Attorney General’s Office, responded via Twitter:
“This is WAY more than expected. If this is correct, it could mean that the indictment covers FAR more than the Stormy Daniels hush money — like Karen McDougal hush money or other hush money/catch-and-kill cases.”
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“My hunch for a while,” Snell adds, “given [David] Pecker’s involvement and the drawn-out timetable of the indictment, plus the TWENTY interviews of Michael Cohen with the DA, showed that something far larger than Stormy might be in the works.”
“May still be wrong, of course. But 34 counts is a LOT!”
Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Says It Is Coordinating With Trump to ‘Surrender’
Donald Trump’s attorneys were notified Thursday afternoon a Manhattan grand jury had voted to indict him on felony charges related to his alleged hush money payoff of a porn star he reported slept with.
The ex-president’ attorney recently said if indicted Trump would travel to New York to turn himself in.
The Office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has just issued a strongly-worded statement saying it is “coordinating” with Trump’s attorneys for his “surrender.”
“This evening we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan D.A.’s Office for arraignment on a Supreme Court indictment, which remains under seal. Guidance will be provided when the arraignment date is selected,” the statement reads.
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The Daily Beast’s Jose Pagliery posted the statement to Twitter.
Breaking news: Manhattan DA is negotiating for Trump’s “surrender.” pic.twitter.com/9fFx7heiGA
— Jose Pagliery (@Jose_Pagliery) March 30, 2023
NBC News explains the process, noting he is expected to be arraigned next week.
“After the indictment, Trump will be arrested and taken into custody. He will likely have a mug shot and fingerprints taken,” NBC reports. “Trump will then appear in court to be arraigned, where he will hear charges and enter a plea. Two sources familiar with the situation told NBC News that the former president is likely to be arraigned next week. Trump will either be jailed or released while pre-trial hearings take place.”
'INDICTED FOR HIS BEHAVIOR'
‘You Can’t Stand on Fifth Avenue and Just Shoot Somebody’: Donald Trump Indicted – Legal Experts Respond
Just past 5:00 PM ET The New York Times broke the news that Donald Trump, the ex-president, had been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on felony charges.
It is a historic moment.
Legal experts are weighing in to help guide Americans through an event that has never before happened in this country.
Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman says the fact that this is the first time in U.S. history a president is facing criminal charges is itself a problem.
“I think it would have not been a novel event,” Ackerman said on MSNBC, “if we had done this 49 years ago with Richard Nixon, and he had not been pardoned, this will not be a big event [that] it is today.”
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“Everybody should be held accountable,” Ackerman added, citing former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s earlier remarks. Cohen testified repeatedly before the Manhattan grand jury that indicted Trump late Thursday afternoon after a three-hour session.
Ackerman lamented that despite over 30 people being indicted during Watergate, “Richard Nixon was pardoned, he wasn’t held accountable.”
“I think this is very important,” Ackerman continued, “establishing a principle, a line in the sand, that even if you’re the President of the United States, and you commit a crime, you can’t stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and just shoot somebody.”
Ackerman was referring to Trump’s infamous comments during the 2016 election, when he bragged he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”
Attorney and civil rights activist Maya Wiley, also on MSNBC, said, “It’s important and sobering that we had somebody who had the highest office of this country who has now ben indicted for his behavior, his acts, in order to win that office, but also faces what are more shoes that will drop, I believe.”
“It is a sobering moment for this country, that we are witnessing this happened to somebody who was entrusted with such power who has now had a jury of his peers, because that is what a grand jury also is, say we believe he had to face the music.”
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Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, now a professor of law, called this a “moment where we would do well to seriously assess who we are as Americans and who we are not as Americans, because we re all so familiar with Donald Trump’s tactics.”
Fmr. federal prosecutor @JoyceWhiteVance joins “The Beat” on news of Donald Trump’s indictment – “A moment where we would do well to seriously assess who we are as Americans and who we are not as Americans.” pic.twitter.com/H4odpLre3C
— The Beat with Ari Melber 📺 (@TheBeatWithAri) March 30, 2023
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