Donald Trump receives unsavory endorsements on a regular basis. White-supremacist organizations often sing his praises, and the National Enquirer bestowed its dubious sticker of approval on the Republican nominee. Trump ignores most of these developments, and they roll right off his gold-plated existence. However, one brand new endorsement shines bright above all others as an indicator that all is not normal in this presidential race. This pat on the back also illustrates why President Trump could work irreparable damage to not only America but the world. North Korea — a country which once “nuked” Washington, D.C., in a propaganda video — has endorsed the candidate who once threatened to make Kim Jong-un “disappear.” What in bizarro world is happening?
On Tuesday morning, a curious op-ed appeared on a North Korea state media website. The piece stood as a direct response to Trump’s recent Reuters interview, when the real-estate mogul said he wants a sit-down with Kim Jong-un. Trump thinks his famous negotiating skills could work a lot of magic: “I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him.” Of course, Trump’s referring to a leader who spent Tuesday morning gleefully laughing as he observed military missile tests. So, this endorsement is bad news to say the very least. Let’s dig further.
The Plain Meaning Of The Endorsement
On behalf of North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, the endorsement expresses well wishes for the Republican nominee. The North Korea Today news website translated the official state communication, which was penned by Han Yong Mook, a Chinese North Korean scholar. The column calls Trump “wise” and bashes “dull” Hillary Clinton:
“The president that U.S. citizens must vote for is not that dull Hillary — who claimed to adapt the Iranian model to resolve nuclear issues on the Korean Peninsula — but Trump, who spoke of holding direct conversation with North Korea.”
Clearly, North Korea doesn’t hold any respect for former Secretary of State Clinton, who favored a “strategic patience” policy for President Obama’s administration. Thus, the U.S. did not engage North Korea by offering incentives for pursuing nuclear-disarmament talks. This approach did little to ease the friction between North and South Korea, and Pyongyang continued to pursue aggressive missile development.
For what it’s worth, the state website message also praises Trump as a “far-sighted presidential candidate.” Of course, the American definition of “farsighted” means that Trump can’t see what’s right in front of his face. Many Republican voters would not argue with that implication, but Trump’s legion of fans outweigh any dissent.