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The Worst of Both Worlds

Both of these are examples of the worst of both worlds.

On one hand, Ian Bremmer, liberal political pundit, academic, and rich consultant, made up a quote from President Trump. He tweeted (then deleted) that Trump (while visiting Japan) said Kim Jong-un would make a better president than Joe Biden.

When confronted, he replied “it’s plausible.” When nobody corroborated the widely-retweeted quote, he walked it back with the weakest apology since Jussie Smollett apologized to himself.

This is the worst example of fake news, in that it took a whole day to refute and walk back a clearly near-treasonous statement. The president was right to get his hackles up.

On the other hand, Trump “said” nothing of the sort about Biden. But he did tweet this:

Actually, Trump tweeted it twice. The first time, he misspelled “Biden” as “Bidan.” He deleted the first tweet, and corrected the spelling, but not the sentiment.

I cannot think of a more destructive, inappropriate thing to tweet fresh from being the first foreign leader to meet Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito. As if it’s not bad enough to tweet about Korea, which has had a rather upsetting history with Japan–many with living memory still hold grudges. It’s terrible to give kudos to a murderous thug like Kim Jong-un over a decent and patriotic–if liberal and political–man like Biden.

Both of these are examples of the worst of both worlds.

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