I was anxiously awaiting the morning shows and headlines from the liberal media to see how they could possibly spin President Trump’s summit with Kim Jong-Un as a horrible, awful, no-good, very bad thing. And they didn’t disappoint. It seems that Trump failed by not calling out Kim on being a murderous, oppressive dictator to his face (they seem a bit unclear on the subtleties of negotiations). He also didn’t get Kim to promise to empty his prisons and respect human rights (certainly the ultimate goal, but as they say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” and you first have to convince a killer to put down his gun before you can reform him.) Then there’s the ever-popular, “Trump gave Kim what he wanted: legitimizing him by appearing next to him on the world stage.”
That’s odd, I thought these people spent the past 18 months “resisting” legitimizing Trump as America’s President. Now, they think he’s so legitimate that his mere proximity causes legitimacy to rub off on those around him, like glitter off of Elton John’s dinner jacket. This idea that a US President can’t talk to a tyrant because it might “legitimize” him is absurd. How else do we deal with him? Do we simply ignore his threats and refuse to speak to him? That was the policy throughout the Obama years. To quote Dr. Phil, “How did that work out for ya?” News bulletin to Washington: you can’t solve problems you refuse to admit exist (See “national debt” and “Social Security and Medicare ‘trust funds.’”)
I seriously doubt anyone is rushing to market cuddly Kim Jong-Un Beanie Baby dolls. We all know what he is. The point of the meeting was to see if he can change. If not, we’ll have to deal with him in harsher ways, and Trump made it clear he’s well aware of that fact. Meanwhile, how many of Trump’s critics were equally outraged over Obama “legitimizing” some of the awful leaders he did opt to deal with, like the Muslim Brotherhood-backed President of Egypt, the mullahs of Iran, or the Castros in Cuba? Or Hillary Clinton's meetings with Vladimir Putin? Or Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State Madeleine Albright meeting with Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il? As Mike Rowe would say, dealing with these high-placed lowlifes is a dirty job, but “somebody’s gotta do it.” At least Trump approached this tyrant from a position of strength instead of with a no-strings-attached planeload of money.
The unrelenting attacks even on a day like this remind me of a great comment I saw on a story on the Internet. Someone wrote that Trump could end all war and cure cancer, and the New York Times would respond with an article about the suffering of unemployed undertakers.