Ellison later retracted his comment, which were made at the Netroots Nation conference, an annual gathering of left-wing and progressive activists.
The editorial claimed that Kim Jong-un's army is "capable of fighting any war the US wants" and that the military is "on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack".
"You have this guy making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there", Ellison, who also serves as the Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, said.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Michael Elleman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies questioned that North Korea has the technology to pull it off right now, but he did say it's only a matter of time until it can.
"So if you don't want to get caught, deer-in-the-headlights, start calling for diplomacy in North Korea immediately".
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Gasps could be heard from the crowd of left-wing activists when Ellison made his remarks.
"That was one of those I wish I'd not said", Ellison told the Post.
"I know people say the rhetoric wasn't stopping the advancement of their weapons, but we're tracking it and we have the technology to intercept", McCaskill said Friday.
Though Ellison tried to walk back initially comparing the President of the United States to the unhinged dictator of North Korea, his underlying thoughts seem alarming.
It appears President Trump is willing to take that risk. "Well, he's acting more responsible than this guy".
Ahrens was not alone in his criticism, as many reactions on Twitter agreed.