Almost a year ago, Donald Trump enjoyed a state visit in France. Did he bring back a new appreciation for socialism, free and common protests, or a new appreciation for the climate change accord?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2017
Ostensibly all he brought back from that visit was the wish for a so-called “military parade.” To illustrate just how enamored he was with Bastille Day, President Trump ordered his very own “military parade.” Trump has given no indication that he comprehends the “military parade” commemorates the violent uprising which helped usher in the French Revolution.
The Bastille held supplies valuable to revolutionaries and also symbolized the callous tyranny of the French monarchy. Bastille Day celebrates the successful — and lasting — uprising against a ruling class, which does not compute with anything for which Donald Trump has hitherto shown the slightest bit of appreciation.
Still. The military parade was really cool. So Trump wanted his own. Wanting his own is very much persistent with the character of Donald Trump.
So what did we expect would happen when Donald Trump actually met with North Korean boy-dictator turned man-dictator Kim Jong-un? Everything in North Korea is his own. It’s the equivalent of sending a worst case scenario of Richie Rich for a slumber party at the home of an even bigger brat who claims the toys of an entire population… and arbitrarily orders executions while an estimated 70% of his country’s population is either starving or on the brink of starvation.
Nothing good was going to come of this meeting. We all knew that, but we had no way to predict exactly which aspect of Kim Jong-un’s regime Trump would most envy and therefore seek to emulate.
During the meeting, Donald Trump had high praise for the the murderous manchild at the helm of North Korea. While that was surreal, we wouldn’t find out what had been added to Donald Trump’s wishlist until he returned.
Friday morning,Trump spoke to Fox News’ Steve Doocy for an impromptu meeting. Of Kim Jong-un, the actual American president said:
“He’s the head of a country. And I mean, he is the strong head. He speaks, and people sit up at attention… I want my people to do the same.”
Trump later claimed that his remark was in jest. If not for his having visited one of the most liberal nations in the world only to return with visions of sugar plums and military parades dancing in his head, that might be plausible.
If not for his appreciation of Vladimir Putin, that might be plausible.
Donald Trump wants to be your Dear Leader.