Over the weekend, former vice president Joe Biden asked a crowd of supporters at a campaign rally whether the United States is a nation that embraces “dictators and tyrants like Putin and Kim Jong Un.” The crowd roared “No!” as Biden responded: “We don’t! But Trump does.”
That, um, didn’t go over so well in Pyongyang, where North Korea’s state-run news agency responded this week by calling Biden “a fool of low IQ.”
"What he uttered is just sophism of an imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being, let alone a politician,” the news agency said, according to the AP.
The insult could have been worse.
In 2017, after Trump said Washington would “totally destroy North Korea” if it had to, Kim responded by calling him a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard.”
“Imbecile bereft of elementary quality” is no “dotard,” but it’s pretty close.
As The Washington Post broke down for readers at the time, Oxford defines the term “dotard” as “an old person, especially one who has become weak or senile.” And Merriam-Webster said the insult originally meant “imbecile,” back when it was first used some 700 years ago.
Biden, who is leading in early polling, has “gone reckless and senseless, seized by ambition for power,” the article published by the news agency said. If he thinks he is the most popular candidate, the news agency said, then that’s “enough to make a cat laugh.”
But even if North Korea is content to fling barbs now, it could relent later. Shortly after calling Trump a dotard, Kim’s camp agreed to meet with Trump for historic nuclear negotiations, although those talks collapsed in Vietnam in February.
Biden’s campaign doubled down on his remarks Wednesday. Spokesman Andrew Bates said Trump has “been repeatedly tricked into making major concessions to the murderous regime in Pyongyang while getting nothing in return.”