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WATCH: Rachel Maddow Blasts Trump, Pinpoints The Reason Why He’s Pushing America Into A Nuclear War

The tension with North Korea has increased dramatically in the past week, but why has it escalated so quickly?

Donald Trump seems to be tempting the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, to attack America. With comments like, “fire and fury, unlike anyone, has seen before,” it’s no wonder North Korea is growing more and more enraged.

But what caused it to escalate to this point?

On Thursday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow pinpointed the reason why the tension is to the point it is now.

“Why did it start this week? The reason it appears to have started this week is because of this article from The Washington Post from Tuesday. That article described a confidential assessment by one U.S. intelligence agency, which reportedly concluded that North Korea had miniaturized a nuclear device and could now fit one onto a missile. That Washington Post report came out on Tuesday. Since then, the president has been making these incredibly over-the-top, bellicose, alliterative, overt threats against North Korea. … These last three days of, literally, nuclear brinksmanship, as far as we can tell, the proximate cause of this – what set it all off – was one newspaper report of a single agency’s reported conclusion, which has not been bolstered by other sources, that doesn’t reflect any sort of formal, stated view of the intelligence community.”

Maddow went on to point out that the same findings were reported by the exact same agency back in 2013 when Barack Obama was president.

“The Obama administration didn’t take it and run with it,” Maddow said. “This time, the ratio between the size of that catalyst and the size of the administration’s response is a very, very, very, very, very large ratio.”

Like Hillary Clinton once said, “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”

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