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Make Pyongyang Glass Again: On Reddit, Trump superfans cheer for a nuclear strike on N. Korea

An angry man with his finger on the nuclear trigger: What could possibly go wrong?

By David Futrelle

Donald Trump took a few minutes out from his golf vacation today to threaten North Korea with the “fire and fury” of a massive, possibly nuclear, military strike. “They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before,” a stern-voiced Trump, his arms uncharacteristically crossed, told reporters at his Bedminster golf club.

On Reddit’s TheDonald — the popular subreddit, with nearly half a million subscribers, that is home to the site’s most fervent Trump superfans — the regulars are itching for Trump to pull the trigger.

lagspike 21 points 4 hours ago  Make Pyongyang glass again!

FocusedNoiseNY 13 points 4 hours ago  North Korea may become our next weapons testing site... I'm not mad.

late49er 4 points 4 hours ago  Somehow I feel like slim pickens in dr. strangelove and it feels good.

MurlogDong 3 points 3 hours ago  Good ol president about to turn northkorea into no Korea.

Some are using the occasion as an excuse to make jokes that are awful in every sense of the word:

JW_1213 214 points 5 hours ago  also if this doesn't go down in history as the Pyongyang gang bang I'll be very disappointed permalinkembedsavereportgive goldreply [–]Hatefullynch1776 20 points 4 hours ago  Now I'm going to be too Son of a bitchavaraguard 4 points 3 hours ago  let the north koreans destroy google hq first

Others are happily talking about the effect the president’s apocalyptic rhetoric allegedly had on their penises.

anticusIIKY[?] 3 points 2 hours ago  Well I'm fully erect

PolarDonkey 4 points 4 hours ago  PLEASE STOP A MAN CAN ONLY GET SO ERECT

More than a few were happy to write off North Korea’s entire population, greeting the prospect of the literal genocide of the North Korean people with a shrug.

BreakfastGolemDTOM 2 points 3 hours ago  I'd be okay with just turning the whole country to dust. Omelettes, eggs, yada yada

Triggering_CucksRUS 17 points 5 hours ago  Every single person in North Korea has to be in the military. So technically we wouldn't even have to worry about civilian casualties.

For many TheDonald regulars, the possible annihilation of millions matters far less than the prospect of “triggering” their ideological foes.

johnbillaby 272 points 5 hours ago  Oh man, the vaginas are going to be very upset by this permalinkembedsavereportgive goldreply [–]BarackHusseinBobama1776 194 points 5 hours ago  Complaining from wherever

noah1831RUS 7 points 2 hours ago  Can you imagine the triggering that would happen if he used twitter to declare war?

There’s the requisite anti-Asian racism:

GunsAreForFun1776 69 points 5 hours ago  Kim's autistic screeching was just heard 'round the world RRREEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeee permalinkembedsaveparentreportgive goldreply [–]JPO398CT 5 points 4 hours ago  LLLEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeee FTFY permalinkembedsaveparentreportgive goldreply [–]Peacocking74 3 points 4 hours ago  Lmao permalinkembedsaveparentreportgive goldreply [–]REDBEARD4-19-1775TX 1 point 4 hours ago  HO REE FUK!

And an assortment of other bigotries, because why not use the possibility of nuclear war with North Korea as an opportunity to make jokes about Muslim rapists and “tr*nnies” and a former president many deplorables have decided was secretly gay in addition to being Kenyan.

TrumpOnATricycle 6 points 3 hours ago  North Korea is like a white English girl in modern London: FUCKED

Retspihi 30 points 5 hours ago  Can we draft the libcucks and trannies who wanted military enlistment rights so bad?

emanresumy 34 points 5 hours ago  North Korea is missing the relationship they had with Bath House Barry right now.

MagnusTBorovitzISR 7 points 4 hours ago  Kinda nice not to have a simpering Kenyan kissing Fat Kim Un's ass on television anymore. You know, like the US is actually a superpower or something.

Only a few commenters struck a note of caution.

PM_ME_BUTT_STUFFINGPA[?] 13 points 5 hours ago  If something does happen to "happen" will our stock market take a hit like 9/11? Or will it be unaffected since pretty much everyone is after NK? permalinkembedsaveparentreportgive goldreply [–]BreadcrumbBernard 32 points 5 hours ago  Depends on what happens. If they land a hit on a major city like Seoul or somewhere in Japan, then every stock market will probably take a hit permalinkembedsaveparentreportgive goldreply [–]NIMBLE_NAV_FANMAGA 21 points 5 hours ago  Japan has third largest economy in the world in terms of GDP. Shit would get real!

Finally, someone they can show a little sympathy to — themselves!

Just a reminder, when then-candidate Trump did an “Ask Me Anything” appearance on Reddit, he didn’t do it in the subreddit where AMA’s traditionally have taken place. He did it in TheDonald. The subreddit’s 470,926 subscribers aren’t fringe characters in Trump World; they are his base.

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Arctic Ape
Arctic Ape
4 years ago

There is also a tendency in English speaking countries to label all the kicking arts as ‘karate’

That explains a lot of my confusion.

I think I’ve heard something about North Korean soldiers being used regularly for labor

On my part, it was more of a guess based on other authoritarian regimes.

Scildfreja Unnyðnes
Scildfreja Unnyðnes
4 years ago
4 years ago

All I can really say is I hope we don’t have to be as worried as this sounds like we should be. I agree about the need to change US military culture (and culture in general it seems), otherwise I think if it doesn’t happen now, it will still be inevitable. If it did happen now, and if there was an after, I can imagine people -even some who think they’re leftwing- justifying it, especially if the US came out of it reasonably Ok (never mind about all those poor Asian people, the US would be what counted to them). Nothing being learned, and worse still being inevitable.

@Diego Duarte
Hmm, my feeling is that it’s not internalised disableism, as the people reacting that way to it being pointed out that they’re wrong are usually abled, or at least don’t have a specific learning disability. It might poss. be disableism in general? I think it’s mostly plain old stubborn defensiveness, though. What my internalised disableism does is make me hyper-anxious about being right, and take unnecessary care to be so, as I’ve spent so long being treated like I’m wrong by default. I can’t always even dismiss blatant wilful ignorance in full confidence (if anyone has any tips on unlearning this, that’d be appreciated?). I got really anxious over this nuclear debate online last time when I was querying the idea NK should mean the UK absolutely definitely NEEDS Trident, lest NK apparently nuke us.

I respect that people have varying feelings on this, but as someone with an actual diagnosed learning disability, dyscalculia, I’m not really comfortable with the word ‘stupid’ (which often implies wilful ignorance, or is just used to make fun of a silly mistake) being avoided on the grounds of it being potentially disableist. I’d be insulted to be called stupid for having dyscalculia (which I don’t think is the way it’s typically used, not purposefully – in which case the real issue isn’t the usage of the term it’s the fact the disability has gone undiagnosed), not by the usage of the term in and of itself. Avoiding the term kind of equates it, it’s a learning disability, it has nothing to do with stupidity. I kind of need to be able to dismiss people (eg. Trump’s core devotees) as stupid or similar sometimes, as a coping strategy.

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