June 1, 2016

Trump gets unusual endorsement

Expect more of this.  North Korean crackpot leader Kim Jung Un has endorsed Donald Trump, and it makes perfect sense:
A column carried on Tuesday by DPRK Today, one of the reclusive and dynastic state's mouthpieces, described Trump as a "wise politician" and the right choice for U.S. voters in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election.

It described his most likely Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, as "thick-headed Hillary" over her proposal to apply the Iran model of wide sanctions to resolve the nuclear weapons issue on the Korean peninsula.

Trump instead has told Reuters he was prepared to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program, and that China should also help solve the problem.
Why does it make perfect sense?  There's two schools of thought on that (1) Trump has indicated he's hands off on involvement with other countries.  (2) Trump is going to be tough on Mexico, and they are not a titular enemy like the DPRK.  Kim Jung Un probably realizes that he has the reputation in America of a crazy person.  And he may regard Trump as crazy and he might even be fearful of a Trump presidency.  By endorsing Trump he could be using reverse psychology, trying to convince Americans that him being behind Trump means Americans should avoid voting for Trump at all costs.

The former possibility while true, is more about supporting allies financially than backing down from existential threats. Perhaps Kim Jung Un is misreading the Trump doctrine before it even gets its legs. The latter possibility seems more plausible to me, but in either case, the endorsement makes sense.

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