Rodman gone crazy?
“Rest easy, America, because Dennis Rodman is here to remind us, “I love Donald Trump,” Kim Jong Un is “just like everybody else,” and he plans to “straighten things out for everyone to get along together.”
…Rodman has become fast friends in recent years with the North Korean dictator over Un’s love of the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls, visiting the country a handful of times since 2013.
“Every time I see him, he’s always calm, he’s always smiling, especially when he’s with family,” Rodman told “Good Morning Britain” of a man who allegedly executed his uncle by way of antiaircraft machine gunfire and may or may not have had his half-brother poisoned.
“To me, in person, without all the things that have gone on on TV and potentially a war or something like that, if you see him just sit at a table, he’s just like everybody else. He’s always laughing, smiling, talking to his people — that’s it.”
Well, that’s a relief. Here I was worried about “a war or something like that,” since Un has threatened the United States with “final doom” on multiple occasions and North Korea tested its nuclear arsenal again last week.
But there’s nothing to see here, apparently, because Rodman, being a completely sane person, has sat across the table from the North Korean supreme leader and laughed with a man who has allegedly imprisoned, tortured, starved and/or executed hundreds of thousands of people.
“I understand how he’s a dictator to his people and he tries to be a madman, but I’ve never seen anything like this in the world,” added Rodman, who apparently didn’t tag along when Un reportedly executed a turtle farmer who failed to breed freshwater lobsters for him. “I’ve been around the world so many times. If it’s good or bad, I’ve never seen anyone in my life have that much power.”
It’s funny Rodman says that, since he also boasts a relationship with President Donald Trump, who has threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” The two-time NBA All-Star appeared on two seasons of Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” and endorsed him in July 2015: “I think if the president even tries to reach out for Kim, I think it will be a great possibility. T
hings can happen if Donald Trump, if they sit down, and have some type of mutual conversation,” said Rodman. “It don’t have to be like a friendship type of conversation, just a mutual conversation saying, ‘Hi, I would love to engage in some words and politics and over the history of your country and my country and just try to start some dialogue.’ I think that’ll open up maybe the door just a little bit. …
“You know as well as I do, Donald can be a little crazy sometimes. Donald Trump’s attitude is he loves to be cocky, he loves to be the boss, he loves to be the man. I love Donald Trump. I thank Donald Trump for giving me the opportunity to be on his show, an opportunity to be his friend and an opportunity to be an American, but I just think that one day, just one day, if someone can reach out, if Donald can say, ‘You know what?
Maybe I will try to do something instead of everyone fighting against each other.’ I understand the history. I just wish one day somebody could say, ‘OK.’” There you have it. This has all been a big misunderstanding. Rodman just wants Trump to treat Un the same way he might Vladimir Putin, another fan of political corruption and possible assassinations.
Maybe they could all shoot some hoops or sing Katy Perry’s “Firework” together, like in that movie. “It’s amazing how we became such good friends with Russia all of a sudden with Donald Trump. …
We have such a great relationship with Russia all of a sudden in America, but for some reason with North Korea we have a big issue,” said Rodman, who presented Un a copy of Trump’s “The Art of the Deal” a few months ago. “For me to go over there and see him as much as I have, I basically hang out with him all the time. We laugh, we sing karaoke, we do a lot of cool things together, we ride horses, we hang out, we go skiing and we hardly ever talk politics.
And that’s the good thing about that.” Listen, I have no idea why we’ve become so close to Russia so quickly, but Rodman is right. It’s probably best not to bring up politics with the guy who allegedly starved millions of his own people to pay for his nuclear weapons. No, this isn’t political for Rodman, who said he also asked Barack Obama to meet with Un, “and Obama shut me down.”
This is about trying to “straighten things out for everyone to get along together, that’s it.” And maybe hitting the slopes for a little fresh powder. “It’s just funny that me saying something like that makes people say, ‘Oh my God, Dennis Rodman is protecting the marshal of North Korea.’ It’s not about that,” said Rodman. “My whole mission and my whole goal was to go over there and bring sports, to bring connection to North Korea. I’ve always said I’m not a politician at all. Not at all. I’ve always said that from day one. That is the president of the United States and the government.
So, I just go over there to be an ambassador for sports. “I’ve been there six or seven times, and if you see some of the videos from the last trip I went on, you saw handicapped people dancing for me, you saw a lot of people in the streets coming and shaking my hand, smiling and crying.