It's not just 'Rocket Man.' Trump has long history of nicknaming his foes
In his U.N. speech, President Trump branded Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man", his latest nickname for an opponent. We asked our in-house design gurus to illustrate Trump’s controversial nicknames. USA TODAY
President Trump brought one of his signature political moves to the world stage this week when he used his new nickname to North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in a major address to the United Nations.
"Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime," the president declared on Tuesday.
While Trump's casual use of "Rocket Man" to describe a leader who has threatened the U.S. and allies with nuclear weapons sparked some controversy this week, it's far from the first time the man sometimes known as The Donald has bestowed a moniker on someone else. (And we're willing to be bet it's far from the last time he'll do it, too.) We had our in-house design team bring those nicknames to life in the video above.
Trump isn’t the only U.S. leader who loves nicknames. Former president George W. Bush shared that penchant and was known for it during his time in office. Bush's nicknames ranged from “Rummy” for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to “Boy Genius” for adviser Karl Rove.
Below, we list some of the nicknames he's used for other politicians over the last couple years.
1. Crooked Hillary
Never forget Trump's favorite description of opponent Hillary Clinton, which he used in rally speeches, in tweets, and even in debates.
On more than one occasion, the president has called Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., the name, referencing her claims of having Native American ancestors.
For the record, Warren has said she is proud of her heritage. It also isn't the first time political opponents have used it to dig at her. Back in 2012, Republican Scott Brown accused Warren of using her background to get ahead.
3. Crazy Bernie
Another Trump political rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, was dubbed "Crazy Bernie" as the Democratic primary stretched on.
4. Little Marco
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was one of Trump's fellow 2016 GOP candidates to receive a punching epithet from the future president.
The nickname, as so many of Trump's do, appears to have first dawned on Twitter:
He then tried it out on the debate stage a few days later: "Don't worry about it, Little Marco."
5. Lyin' Ted
Of course, Rubio wasn't alone in the nicknames Trump doled out in the primary. "Lyin' Ted" was applied to Sen. Ted Cruz...over and over and over again, right up until the day Cruz dropped out of the 2016 presidential race.
6. 'Low energy' Jeb
While this one's not quite a nickname, Trump marked Jeb Bush as "low energy" and the description stuck in the final months of Bush's 2016 campaign.
7. Cryin' Chuck
Trump is now president, but that doesn't mean he's put an end to his nickname habit. He wants to keep hitting his opponents — so that means Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is now "Cryin' Chuck." (However, the label only seems to apply when the two leaders are disagreement. A few weeks ago, Trump referred somewhat affectionately to Schumer as simply "Chuck" after the president reached a deal with him and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on the debt ceiling, government spending and Hurricane Harvey relief.