'Whack job,' is it? N. Korea fires back at Colorado's Cory Gardner: 'Human dirt' - Colorado Politics
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‘Whack job,’ is it? N. Korea fires back at Colorado’s Cory Gardner: ‘Human dirt’

Author: Dan Njegomir - May 8, 2017 - Updated: June 6, 2017


In a superheated international exchange that takes tit for tat to a whole new level — one that only could involve North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un — the nuke-minded communist country has pushed back at Colorado Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner for referring to Kim as a “whack job” in an interview the other day.

The rogue regime, as usual, isn’t mincing words.

In a statement last Friday attributed to a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman, the official Korean Central News Agency declared (via the United Press International):

“On May 3, some [expletive] by the name of Cory Gardner, who sits on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, perpetrated wicked blasphemy against our supreme dignity during an interview with NBC. … For a psychopath like the [expletive] Gardner, to hurl evil accusations at our highest dignity, is a serious provocation. … That a man mixed in with human dirt like Gardner, who has lost basic judgment and body hair, could only spell misfortune for the United States.”

Some of that verbiage isn’t all that far from the norm for North Korea, to be sure — but, accusing Gardner of a loss of “body hair”?

Gardner already has issued a follow-up response, reported today by Denver’s Channel 7:

“The United States is not going to sit idly by while Kim Jong Un tries to hold the world hostage with his illicit arsenal of mass destruction,” the senator said. “I’m going to continue to call on the President to fully enforce my legislation that will economically cripple the North Korean Regime, and if that gets this madman to send nonsensical insults at me so be it.”

We were hoping for something a little less policy-oriented and more pointed, so we followed up with Gardner’s office. However, Gardner Press Secretary Casey Contres told us the senator is sticking to the statement above for the time being.

As also noted in Channel 7’s report:

Gardner has been one of the most ardent voices in Congress in pressing the Kim regime in North Korea to stop its missile and nuclear programs, as well as its alleged human rights violations.

Gardner set off the latest back-and-forth in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” last week, when he remarked: “I think most people agree that Kim Jong Un is a whack job.”

Meanwhile, the senator has tweeted these policy points on the topic — i.e., on North Korea; not its insults — in the past hour:

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is a blogger and opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.


  • Myke

    May 8, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Im no vig fan of Gardner, but will say the chubvy voy in North Korea definitely needs to go. Whatever it takes. Total whacko. And irritating.


  • Myke

    May 8, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Almost as irritating as my spellchecker….


  • Myke

    May 8, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Im no big fan of Gardner, but will say the chubby boy with the goofy haircut in North Korea definitely needs to go. Whatever it takes. Total whacko. And irritating.


  • colorado springs

    May 8, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    I am no big fan of Gardner either, but as a Coloradoan, I am pretty sure he still has his body hair.


  • Tom Schantz

    May 9, 2017 at 8:30 am

    With or without body hair, Gardner disgraces Colorado everyday but at least he found a target even more despicable than he is.


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