Recently Trump received a history lesson from China’s president Xi Jinping regarding North Korea and why China does not have the influence over North Korea that Trump thought they did. “After listening for 10 minutes[to Xi Jinping], I realized it’s not so easy,” Mr Trump said. “I felt pretty strongly that they had a tremendous power over North Korea. But it’s not what you would think.”
No, Mr. President, it’s not what you would think. I, as probably most other semi-informed people, already knew the North Korea issue is a complex one. Trump, though, is famously stupid when it comes to history and it appears that Trump is having some eye-opening moments regarding the complexities of foreign policy. But this is stuff he should have known before he even thought about running in the election.
Saturday was the 105th anniversary of the birth of North Korea’s founder and North Korea’s rotund despot Kim Jong-Un’s grandfather, Kim Il-sung. Being North Korea’s most important holiday, they used the occasion to parade new weaponry including what appeared to be three new types of intercontinental ballistic missiles through the streets pf Pyongyang, the capital. With both North Korea and Trump’s attempt to wrestle with the North Korea problem in the news recently, it occurred to me: Trump and Kim Jong-un have a lot in common. Of course, Trump never, to my knowledge, ever killed anyone, but in many ways they share a lot of similarities:
They both love spectacle.
Although North Korea’s recent holiday was one their biggest occasions to parade their military through city streets and shower praise on the fat little shit otherwise known as Kim Jong-un while ignoring a starving and impoverished population, such spectacle is not uncommon.
Donald Trump likewise loves the pomp and circumstance. We all remember his inauguration ceremony, which the White House claimed was the biggest ever but Trump fumed when it was pointed out that it paled in comparison to Obama’s.
They both love playing soldier, despite not being soldiers.
Reportedly Kim Jong-un graduated from the most prominent military academy in North Korea but I don’t think he could knock out a single push up.
Trump, who dodged the draft during the Vietnam conflict, once made the claim that he had “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military,” referring to his days as a youngster in a military-like prep school.
They both rely on nationalistic platforms.
Despite North Korea’s origins, North Korea is not a communist country. It could be best described as a nationalistic dictatorship that relies on a cult of personality. North Korea’s ideology, termed juche, is basically a North Korean nationalism based on hero worship of North Korea’s founder Kim Il-sung and his descendants Kim Jong-il and now Kim Jong-un.
Trump’s commitment to nationalism now is debated among many folks, but the platform he ran on during the election was one of America-first, leading him to become embraced by white nationalist groups during his election campaign.
Both are big believers in nepotism.
Kim Jong-un is the son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who was the son of North Korea’s founder Kim Il-sung, so there you go.
Trump, however, has to be more careful about his nepotism because, you know, America. Still this has not prevented him from installing his son-in-law Jared Kushner and “piece of ass” daughter Ivanka in the White House.
Both tend to fail “bigly.”
Trump, of course, is not as bad as Kim Jong-un. After all, he’s not a murderous dictator. But don’t encourage him.