During a rally in Iowa (because really, with the caucuses coming up, where else would he be?), Donald Trump discussed some foreign policy. He went after both China and North Korea in this speech, which is important because North Korea just successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. Trump believes that Kim is a maniac, but he also had some really, shall we say, interesting words for Kim, too.
Trump actually praised Kim for how he solidified his power in North Korea, saying:
And 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. I mean this guy doesn’t play games.
He went on to say that, because Kim is so brutal in his tactics, we can’t mess with him. However, we can get China to mess with him. According to Trump, China owes us big for rebuilding their country for them. Japan and South Korea owe us, too.
Oddly enough, Trump’s speech took place in Ottumwa, Iowa. For anybody familiar with the TV show M*A*S*H, Ottumwa was Corporal Walter “Radar” O’Reilly’s hometown. M*A*S*H took place in South Korea, during the Korean War, and Radar was one of the main characters for a very long time. That Trump would praise North Korea’s leader in a town mentioned many times on that show is the height of irony.
Trump has a history of giving praise to national leaders that have terrible human rights records, but then again, Trump probably doesn’t recognize what human rights are. He’s so anti-political correctness that he sees nothing but great strength in brutalizing other people.
May whatever gods everyone believes in have mercy on our souls if Trump gets elected president.
Image via screen capture from Iowa speech video