Leftist fearmongering about President Donald Trump literally destroying the world flared up again on Thursday, as liberal billionaire donor George Soros joined the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in predicting a Trump nuclear armageddon. They did so despite recent — and historic — rapprochement between North and South Korea, for which Trump has been (at least partially) credited.
“It is with considerable concern that we set the Doomsday Clock, as of today,” Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin, announced during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “It is two minutes to midnight.”
“To call the world’s nuclear state dire is to understate the danger and its immediacy,” Bronson said.
Soros echoed the theme, halfway across the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
“Indeed, the United States is set on a course towards nuclear war by refusing to accept that [North] Korea has become a nuclear power,” Soros declared, CNBC reported. “The fact of nuclear war is so horrendous that we are trying to ignore it, but it is real.”
The leftist billionaire warned that the United States’ unwillingness to accept North Korea’s power is “a strong incentive for North Korea to develop its nuclear capacity with all possible speed, which in turn may induce the United States to use its nuclear superiority pre-emptively, in effect to start a nuclear war to prevent a nuclear war, obviously a self-contradictory strategy.”
Soros centered his criticism around Trump, suggesting the president wants to create a “mafia state” in the United States, similar to Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Not only the survival of open society but the survival of our entire civilization is at stake,” he declared. “The rise of leadership such as Kim Jong Un in North Korea and Donald Trump in the United States have much to do with this.”
These statements seem ill-timed after representatives of North Korea and South Korea reached a landmark decision this month to send a joint delegation of athletes to the Olympics in South Korea. South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in thanked Trump for contributing to this development.
Trump “made a huge contribution to make inter-Korean talks happen [and] I’d like to express my gratitude,” Moon said.
Trump took credit for the talks in a tweet. “With all of the failed ‘experts’ weighing in, does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn’t firm, strong and willing to commit our total ‘might’ against the North,” the president tweeted. “Fools, but talks are a good thing!”
With all of the failed “experts” weighing in, does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn’t firm, strong and willing to commit our total “might” against the North. Fools, but talks are a good thing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2018