The nickname that President Donald Trump gave North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on Twitter Sunday made it into his speech Tuesday before the United Nations General Assembly.
“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” Trump said.
Blue check Twitter was taken aback by Trump’s use of the nickname during a formal address. Here’s a sampling of the reaction:
“Rocket man” made the TelePrompTer?!?!
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) September 19, 2017
“Rocket man” turns up in UN speech. Cringe-worthy performance by Trump.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) September 19, 2017
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
.@POTUS inserts Rocket Man reference into speech, marking first time Elton John tune has been inserted into an UNGA address.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) September 19, 2017
Was ‘Rocket Man’ really in his TelePrompter?! — “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself– and for his regime.”
— J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) September 19, 2017
Yep, he said it: “Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime.”
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) September 19, 2017
If I were a maniac leading an impoverished state with nuclear weapons, I would take it as a compliment to be called Rocket Man.
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) September 19, 2017
Trump called Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man” again.
In front of the UN.
Fucking hell. pic.twitter.com/ID687bHtmH
— Holly O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) September 19, 2017
Trump usually has a real gift for the nicknames, but I would bet you Kim Jong Un likes being called “Rocket Man.”
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) September 19, 2017
Rocket Man went from Twitter insult to formal UN address in two days.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 19, 2017
They handed Trump a speech. He pompously crossed out Jong-un and wrote in Rocket Man and handed it back. “I fixed it.”
— Schooley (@Rschooley) September 19, 2017
Entire media room (full of international reporters) got a collective chuckle out of “ROCKET MAN”
— Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) September 19, 2017
So. “Rocket Man” will be a key takeaway. Was he ad-libbing, or did the WH staff go along with?
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) September 19, 2017
Trump has just mocked Kim Jong Un as “rocket man” in his UN speech. Trump disses – from tweets to actual major speeches. Sheesh.
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) September 19, 2017
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