Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) speaks in Phoenix in January.
The editorial claimed that Kim Jong-un's army is "capable of fighting any war the USA wants" and that the military is "on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack".
Since the Clinton administration in the early 1990s, the US has reacted to Pyongyang's "nuclear blackmail" with negotiated agreements that lead to aid and an easing of sanctions followed invariably by broken promises, a growing nuclear arsenal and more threats.
During an appearance at the Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta Friday, Ellison addressed the recent exchange of inflammatory rhetoric between Trump and North Korea, saying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was acting more responsibly than the US president.
There were murmurs of agreement in the room before Ellison described what would need to happen before a "missile launch" become a reality. "So if you don't want to get caught, deer-in-the-headlights, start calling for diplomacy in North Korea immediately".
In a short interview after the speech, Ellison dialed back the Kim-Trump comparison.
"I'd say [Trump's] being incredibly irresponsible and he's putting us in a situation where you could have an accidental launch".
"It's tailor-made for somebody to misuse", he added.
Kim Jong Un thinks "the nuclear weapons will prevent US from getting involved", Sun said. "So between that and Trump's promise to unleash fire and fury at North Korea, you could be forgiven for your confusion about whether you're listening to the fictional Daenerys Targaryen on "Game of Thrones" or the very real President of the United States". A panel co-hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union brainstormed ways to respond if a military crisis broke out and the Trump administration were to respond by curtailing civil liberties.
The Republican National Committee's rapid-response director, Michael Ahrens, sent video of Ellison's remarks to reporters, calling it "insane", according to The Washington Post.