They say a man is judged by the company he keeps. So, when Donald Trump received praise and an endorsement from North Korea’s official state media outlet, DPRK Today, observers sat up and made note. For three years (1950-1953) U.S. forces fought on the side of South Korea against North Korea’s communist regime. The war ended in stalemate, with North and South Korea divided … North Korea remains to this day a communist nation, and South Korea a constitutional republic. The Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army (one of several titles), Kim Jong-un, is a dictator of the worst kind, a man who ordered the execution of his own uncle, Jang Sung-taek, along with most of Jang’s family in 2013. Kim Jong-un is currently under investigation by the United Nations for these executions, as well as other ‘crimes against humanity’.
On 7 March 2013, North Korea threatened the United States with a “pre-emptive nuclear attack”, and has since revealed plans for conducting nuclear strikes on U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.
This, then, is the latest in a string of unsavory organizations who have voiced support for Donald Trump since his candidacy began in June 2015. The news outlet praised Trump, describing him as a “wise politician” and “far-sighted candidate” who could help unify the Korean peninsula. “There are many positive aspects to Trump’s ‘inflammatory policies’,” wrote Han Yong-mook, who described himself as a Chinese North Korean scholar. “Trump said he will not get involved in the war between the South and the North, isn’t this fortunate from North Korea’ perspective?”
The article praised Trump’s speech from March 2015 in which he stated he would withdraw U.S. forces from South Korea if they did not spend more on their own defense. The writer urged Seoul not to increase defense spending so as to prompt a US withdrawal (referred to as the “Yankee Go Home” policy), and urged American voters not to choose Clinton, saying “The president that US citizens must vote for is not that dull Hillary …”
Admittedly, a candidate does not control where his endorsements come from, but I do think it speaks volumes that Trump has received endorsements from white supremacist groups, such as KKK here at home, and now, arguably one of the world’s most dangerous leaders. A brief comparison of Trump vs Kim Jong-un may be in order.
- Both are intolerant of criticism
- Both have narcissistic personalities
- Both demand nearly constant attention
- Both inherited most of their wealth and power
- Both are prone to wild exaggeration
- Both frequently name things after themselves
- Both are known for their aggressive rhetoric
- Less relevant, perhaps, but still … they both have terrible hair styles and small hands (yeah, I just had to throw that one in)
While Trump’s favourite topic is his plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and ban Muslims from entering the U.S., Kim has built doubled barbed wire fences and curtailed cell phone use, not to keep people out, but to keep them in! Defections are a problem for DPRK under Kim, as they may prove to be under a President Trump, should that unfortunate event come to pass.
While Trump has criticized President Obama for virtually everything, and has called into question his nationality and religion, Kim Jong-un has also criticized Obama, calling him a “wicked black monkey”. Like Trump, Kim is strong on racism and hate speech.
And then there is the statement that Trump made in regards to Kim: “You’ve got to 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 — you know, it’s pretty amazing when you think of it. How does he do that? Even though it is a culture, and it’s a cultural thing, he goes in, he takes over, he’s the boss. It’s incredible. He wiped out the uncle, he wiped out this one, that one. This guy doesn’t play games and we can’t play games with him. Because he really does have missiles and he really does have nukes.”
The government of North Korea is already a dictatorship. The government of the U.S. is currently a democracy, and I, for one, would like to see it continue to be a democracy. However, Trump is obviously somewhat awed by Kim, the dictator, as he has been by Putin, another who is becoming significantly more dictatorial. What does this say for Trump? Think about it.