Immediately after making the comment, Ellison regretted it and tried to retract his words.
Discussing the escalating war of words between the USA and North Korea over the latter's rogue nuclear program, Ellison raised eyebrows by saying the North Korea's despotic leader was acting better than the US president.
Trump doubled down Thursday, saying his previous bold statements might not have been "strong enough" for Kim Jong Un, whose regime announced a plan to fire four missiles near the US island territory of Guam in response to the White House's bold rhetoric.
He went on to urge the crowd that if they "don't want to get caught, deer-in-the-headlights", when missiles start flying that they should "call in North Korea immediately".
"That was one of those I wish I'd not said", Ellison said.
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The event itself is a celebration of the NBA's games in Mexico City. "This is a competitive market, well over 20 million people". Brooklyn will be considered the home team for the game and it will also be hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 7th.
As the insanity increases and the threats between the USA and North Korea escalate, might I make a suggestion.
And just days before that, the president promised to unleash "fire and fury" on the tin-pot country, should dictator Kim Jong Un continue to make unwelcome advances against the United States.
However his latest calls for calm came before Trump's latest threat to North Korea when he tweeted out a message warning that the U.S. was "locked and loaded". Democrats appear to be playing a risky game of using the threat of nuclear war as a way to tear down Trump.
"With radical beliefs like these, Democrats need to decide whether Keith Ellison deserves to speak for their party going forward", the RNC rapid response director said.
Ahrens was not alone in his criticism, as many reactions on Twitter agreed.