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Name-Calling Is Not A Good Political Strategy, McCain (Video)

| by Shani Shahmoon

Sticks and stones may break Kim Jong-un's bones, but name-calling really hurts him (video below).

Arizona Sen. John McCain was being interviewed for MSNBC's "For the Record with Greta" when his inner-child came out and he called Kim, 33, North Korea's dictator, a "crazy fat kid," USA Today reported. 

There is nothing more ridiculous than an 80-year-old man calling a 33-year-old man names.

McCain, while entitled to his opinion, should hold himself to a higher standard when talking about world leaders -- regardless of their relationship with the United States.

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During the taped interview with Greta Van Susteren, McCain was referring to China's most recent censorship policy that was pushed by Kim.

Throughout the last year, China's government began a series of blocks on Internet searches. Subject lines that could be offensive to Kim are being filtered otu.

"Kim Fatty the Third" and "Kim Pig the Third" are common phrases used to describe the dictator, who comes from a lineage that has ruled over North Korea.

When put in a Chinese search engine, these phrases come back with zero results.

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Chinese spokesman, Gen Shuang explained the reasoning for such actions.

"The Chinese government stays committed to building a healthy and civilized environment of opinions. We disapprove of referring to the leader of any country with insulting and mocking remarks," Shuang said.

In reaction to this, McCain told Susteren, "China is the one, the only one, that can control Kim Jong Un, this crazy fat kid that's running North Korea"

It is safe to say the short-tempered and impulsive North Korean leader didn't take the comments too well.

Korean Central News Agency, run by the North Korean government, released a statement in response to the name-calling.

According to New York Magazine, the statement said, "The service personnel and people of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) are regarding the dignity of their supreme leadership as their life and soul."

The agency called it "a grave provocation, little short of declaration of war."

As an 80-year-old man with children and grandchildren, one can assume that McCain has taught this very same lesson before.

But it’s a little strange to tell the grown senator to go sit in a corner and think about what he said.

According to The Telegraph, McCain was in a rebellious mood and has no shame in further publicly provoking the leader.

"What, did they want me to call him a crazy skinny kid?" McCain tweeted in response to the agency's statement.

This isn't a matter of Kim no longer sharing toys and rejecting your attempt to have play dates.

As a state representative and a past presidential candidate, McCain should know that relations with Korea must be taken seriously.

Imagine if future generations open their textbooks to read about World War III, a war started by an old politician fat-shaming and name-calling another politician.

Let's leave the immaturity to the kids, McCain.

Sources: The Telegraph, USA Today, John McCain/Twitter, New York Magazine, MSNBC via YouTube / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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