When the president of the United States sides with a murderous dictator over our own CIA, you would think it would be big news. When that dictator is a communist who has threatened the United States with missile attacks, you would think leaders of the Republican Party might be at least a little agitated.
But Tuesday’s news narrative was dominated by President Trump and Joe Biden’s overlapping visits to Iowa, setting up the Cornfield Clash. So little else penetrated. As for Republicans, they long ago pawned their consciences and their integrity for tax cuts and judges. A dictator-loving president who has repeatedly attacked the FBI and the CIA hasn’t bothered them up to now, so why would this latest outrage make any difference?
Before he hit the trail, Trump spoke to reporters outside the White House and once more waxed rhapsodic about his love affair with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He was smitten by a “beautiful letter” he got from his dear friend who happens to have much blood on his hands.
“I can’t show you the letter, obviously,” Trump said. Why “obviously”? We are a democratic republic where the citizens have a right to know, right? Oops, I forgot, Trump doesn’t believe in that sort of thing.
He added that it “was a very personal, very warm, very nice letter.” Ah, love! And as if he were eying North Korea for a new Trump resort, the president declared: “North Korea has tremendous potential, and he’ll be there.” Kim is “the one that feels that more than anybody,” and underscoring just how wise the dear leader is, Trump concluded: “He totally gets it.”