“In a surprise interview with Fox and Friends on Friday, President Donald Trump announced live that he wants his people to sit up at attention when he speaks – the same way North Koreans do for dictator Kim Jong Un.
During the interview, the subject of Trump`s recent Singapore summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un arose. `He`s the head of a country. And I mean, he is the strong head,` Trump remarked. `Don`t let anyone think anything different. He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.`”
When White House reporters later followed up on his comment, Trump said `I`m kidding, you don`t understand sarcasm.`”
Let`s parse Trump`s statement, it reveals his narcissistic and egomaniacal personality.
“He`s the head of a country. And I mean, he is the strong head. Don`t let anyone think different.”
Nobody thinks different. Everyone knows that Kim Jong-un isn`t just a “strong head,” but a ruthless tyrant who tortures, imprisons and starves his own people. Trump is the only one who thinks that the North Korean dictator is a “smart guy” and a “very talented man” who “loves his people.”
“He speaks and his people sit up at attention.”
Of course the terrorized citizens sit up at attention when their Dear Leader speaks, he sentenced people who didn`t cry at the funeral of his father Kim Jong-il to long sentences in a labor camp. But we live in a democracy, not in a dictatorship, and we aren`t about to sit up at attention whenever Trump babbles incoherently. A president who tramples on the Constitution, runs roughshod over the other co-equal branches of government, and condones racism and misogyny doesn`t deserve any respect.
“I want my people to do the same.”
Trump isn`t my president, and we aren`t his people. We are citizens in a democracy, not subjects in a monarchy or slaves in a dictatorship.
“I`m kidding, you don`t understand sarcasm.”
Trump may or may not have been kidding, but one thing is clear his so-called joke reveals his demented personality that craves adulation. We understand humor, and we understand that Trump is the biggest joke in the world.
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