No number of apology tours will ever make up for this.
Donald Trump gave his first major speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday morning, where he decided the best use of his time, as the leader of the free world speaking to the assembled nations of the planet, was to repeat one of his dumber Twitter insults:
“The United States has great strength and patience. But if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself.”
I am fairly sure that is the first time a U.S. president has insulted a world leader from the U.N. podium since Dwight Eisenhower called David Ben-Gurion “that Albert Einstein-looking midget” during the Suez Canal Crisis.
The rest of the speech was combative, defensive, and a notice to the world that the nation will not back down from its pursuit of an “America First” policy in all areas — refugees, migration, trade, the nuclear deal with Iran. It was a notice that current U.S. leadership is not interested in consensus-building with allies, nor does it care.
It was as if the country has decided to pursue foreign policy that it cribbed exclusively from comments threads on Gateway Pundit articles.
This was not the speech of a world leader. It was the speech of a bully, straight from the beating heart of a mob choking on its own free-floating and inchoate anger. The fallout will likely be embarrassing and intense.
Watch Trump deride the Iran deal below.