Apparently, not everyone is upset with North Korea’s latest Hydrogen bomb test. In fact, someone in the United States is actually quite impressed with the way Kim Jong-Un is running things at home.
And no, it is not former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who spent some quality time with the young North Korean dictator a couple of years ago.
It’s Donald Trump who cannot help but admire 33-year-old Kim and his draconian methods to retain his power – that too at such a young age.
While addressing a campaign rally in Ottumwa, Iowa, the Republican presidential frontrunner shared his views about the hermit kingdom and its ruler.
"If you look at North Korea, this guy, he’s like a maniac, OK? And you’ve got to give him credit," he said. "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, he’s the boss,” said Mr Trump, known for his own less than subtle style of leadership in the American version of The Apprentice.
As if praising a tyrant – who is notorious for carrying out gross human rights abuses against his own people – wasn’t outrageous enough, Trump appreciated Kim’s standard modus operandi to maintain his rule, that is, finishing off potential rulers which mainly included his uncles.
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."
Trump was probably referring to the execution of his uncle Jang Song Thaek in December 2013. The North Korean leader reportedly put his uncle to death by firing squad for "unwillingly standing up from his seat and half-heartedly clapping" when Kim was receiving an important title.
Jang was also accused of plotting his own "little kingdom" and a coup against his nephew.
Although Trump is being called out for lauding a ruthless dictator, his comments shouldn’t really astonish anyone. Also, since he shares a lot of characteristics with Kim such as unapologetic bigotry and incendiary rhetoric, it isn’t really surprising the media mogul is in awe of the North Korean “supreme leader.”
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