ABC journalist Terry Moran suffered a full meltdown as he reacted to Donald Trump’s United Nations speech on Tuesday. The network's chief foreign correspondent condemned the President’s warning to North Korea as “bordering on the threat of a war crime.” Bizarrely, he claimed that the speech, which warned Iran and condemned socialism in Venezuela, was one Vladimir Putin would give and that dictators everywhere would love.
Trump told the United Nations that if America is “forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” In response, Moran freaked out: “The words ‘totally destroying’ a nation of 25 million people, that borders on the threat of committing a war crime.”
The speech included lines like this one: “The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.” The President also condemned the “murderous regime” in Iran. Somehow, Moran twisted these remarks into a defense of dictators:
He said something, frankly, that Vladimir Putin would have said — no question about it — when he said, “We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, but we do expect all nations to uphold two core sovereign duties, to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation." And there are lots of dictators around the world, including Vladimir Putin, who say the same thing and will hear those words, however President Trump meant them, as a license to do whatever they want to their own people.