The totalitarian, communist government of North Korea has endorsed Donald Trump for president. Seriously.
Reuters has the details:
A column carried on Tuesday by DPRK Today, one of the reclusive and dynastic state’s mouthpieces, described Trump as a “wise politician” and the right choice for U.S. voters in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election.
It described his most likely Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, as “thick-headed Hillary” over her proposal to apply the Iran model of wide sanctions to resolve the nuclear weapons issue on the Korean peninsula.
Trump’s position on talks with North Korea is more accommodating. In May, he said, “I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him,” referring to Kim Jong Un, the communist nation’s dictator. “At the same time, I would put a lot of pressure on China because economically we have tremendous power over China,” Trump added.
Indeed, earlier this year Trump came close to offering praise to “the maniac” from North Korea:
Trump called Jong-Un a “maniac” during remarks about North Korea’s nuclear program during a rally at Ottumwa, Iowa, but conceded, “You gotta give him credit.”
“How many young guys — he was like 26 or 25 when his father died — take over these tough generals, and all of a sudden … he goes in, he takes over, and he’s the boss,” Trump said. “It’s incredible. He wiped out the uncle, he wiped out this one, that one. I mean this guy doesn’t play games. And we can’t play games with him.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 10, 2016
The press agency for the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (DPRK) went on to praise Trump for suggesting the US pull its military presence from South Korea:
DPRK Today also said Trump’s suggestion that the United States should pull its troops from South Korea until Seoul pays more was the way to achieve Korean unification.
“It turns out that Trump is not the rough-talking, screwy, ignorant candidate they say he is, but is actually a wise politician and a prescient presidential candidate,” said the column, written by a China-based Korean scholar identified as Han Yong Muk.
Strangely, there’s a tangential connection between Trump’s reality show, Celebrity Apprentice, and Kim Jong Un. Former contestant and NBA freak show Dennis Rodman befriended the ruthless dictator in an awkward effort to bring professional basketball to the prison state.
He even sang Happy Birthday to him:
So did The Worm put in a good word for his former NBC cast mate? No telling, but stranger things have happened in this campaign.
It should be said, Trump has recently suggested that the assassination of Kim Jung Un wouldn’t be so bad. So, it’s not like there’s a whole lot of warm and cuddly relations between North Korea and a potential Trump administration. He told CBS in February:,”I would get China to make that guy [Kim Jong Un] disappear in one form or another very quickly.”
Asked whether he was implying an assassination of the dictator, Trump said:
“Well, you know, I’ve heard of worse things, frankly. I mean this guy’s a bad dude — and don’t underestimate him. Any young guy that can take over from his father with all those generals and everybody else that probably wants the position, this is not somebody to be underestimated.”
So… there’s that.