It has been said before, but it bears repeating: there is an old Donald Trump tweet for everything. Even something as complicated as the North Korea summit has received the signature Donald Trump twitter flip, because when you spend no day doing any real work but issuing inflammatory tweets, you’re bound to contradict yourself eventually.
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First, a bit of context.
After initially canceling the scheduled June 12th summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong UN in Singapore, the White House announced this week that the meeting was back on.
However, as was the case the first time around, the White House remains incredibly vague about the expectations ahead of the summit, offering very few details – except for one weird one.
The New York Post reports that Kim Jong Un’s favorite American will be in attendance at the summit and unfortunately for Trump, it’s not him. The special guest is none other than former basketball star Dennis Rodman.
Back in April, Rodman took partial credit for the uptick in diplomacy between the two authoritarian leaders. In an interview with TMZ, Rodman told the publication he believed Kim didn’t understand the president, an issue rectified when Rodman bestowed Kim with Trump’s ghostwritten ‘The Art of the Deal’ as a 2017 birthday gift.
“I think [Kim] didn’t realize who Donald Trump was at that time, I guess, until he started to read the book and started to get to understand him,” Rodman said. “Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are pretty much the same.”
How that sentence could not immediately and aggressively strike fear into the heart of any sentient being is maddening, considering that Kim’s lengthy track record of being a malevolent force. Likening him to the President of the United States, while incredibly accurate, should be cause for alarm, not celebration.
But what did Trump, primary antagonist of the Obama administration, think of Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un’s budding bromance?
In a tweet dated May 7, 2014, the dithering grandpa had a very different opinion of “The Worm”:
Dennis Rodman was either drunk or on drugs (delusional) when he said I wanted to go to North Korea with him. Glad I fired him on Apprentice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2014
“Dennis Rodman was either drunk or on drugs (delusional) when he said I wanted to go to North Korea with him. Glad I fired him on the Apprentice!” Trump tweeted with the original 180 character limit which so graciously restricted his capacity to spread the stupid as efficiently as he can today.
Rodman was indeed a contestant on the 13th season of the Celebrity Apprentice, from which he was fired in the sixth week for spelling Melania’s name wrong – which is extremely ironic considering the President himself has had trouble spelling Melania Trump’s name right.
At the time, Rodman had a trip scheduled to visit North Korea and meet with Kim. He told Business Insider ahead of that meeting that Trump “wanted to go” and claimed Trump “wanted to give me his plane to go over there.” This particular interview predicated Trump’s tweet.
It’s more than a little suspicious that Trump apparently had a vested interest in North Korea more than a year before he announced his candidacy for the office he managed to weasel his way into. Not that this flashback will deter his base from offering him unwavering support since no scandal seems big enough to shake the hold he has on America’s uninformed.
A former pro-basketball player and a former reality star are about to embark on a mission of peace with a foreign dictator. This is what happens when nightmare becomes reality.