MSNBC host Joy Ried chided President Donald Trump for threatening war against both North Korea and Venezuela saying it was hard to tell his sabre-rattling rhetoric from that of North Korean strongman Kim Jong-un or HBO's "Game of Thrones" character Daenerys Targaryen.
The programme also examines the family feud that led leader Kim Jong Un to order the audacious assassination of his elder half-brother Kim Jong Nam at Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur airport six months ago. "Well, he's acting more responsible than this guy is", Ellison continued.
"You have this guy making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there", said Ellison (D-Minn.).
It's one thing to criticize the president, although I don't personally think this is really the right time to do it. "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. "It's tailor-made for somebody to misuse". And so, what we need to do is try to tamper down this crisis.
On Tuesday, Trump said North Korea "will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it continues to threaten the USA, after North Korea warned it will teach the USA a "severe lesson" with its nuclear weapons if Washington would dare to opt for military action against Pyongyang.
The Republican National Committee took issue with Ellison's analysis of the two political leaders.
"With radical beliefs like these, Democrats need to decide whether Keith Ellison deserves to speak for their party going forward", Ahrens said.