Stranger Than Fiction: As Trump Meets Kim, Dennis Rodman Has Emotional Breakdown On CNN, Larry Kudlow Has Heart Attack

Trying to wrap one’s head around everything that’s happened on the geopolitical front over the last three days is an exercise in abject futility, but I think it’s worth noting that as surreal as it all seemed headed into Tuesday, things took a further turn for the bizarre in the hours leading up to the Trump-Kim summit.

Just a day after accusing Justin Trudeau of “going rogue” and stabbing Trump in the back following the G-7, Larry Kudlow had a literal heart attack and the world learned about it from Donald Trump, on Twitter, just minutes ahead of the meeting with Kim.

As far everyone knows, Larry is fine – I mean, as fine as you can be after having a heart attack.

“[He’s] doing fine,” his wife Judy Kudlow told WaPo, adding that the “doctors [at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center] are fabulous.”

He’s awake and talking and is expected to “make a full and speedy recovery,” according to Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

And it’s a good damn thing, because if Larry dies, nothing stands between Peter Navarro and Trump when it comes to trade. So here’s hoping Kudlow does indeed pull through – and right quick.

Shortly after Trump made the Kudlow announcement, he showed up to meet Kim and the first handshake was a bit awkward:

After that, everyone appeared to warm up to each other, as Trump explained how well the two autocrats are going to get along. Kim seemed at least as incredulous as everyone else with regard to this whole thing having actually come to fruition:

Things proceeded apace from there and we’d be remiss not to note that Kim is a murderous dictator who starves his own people and Trump is treating him with far more respect than that afforded to Macron and Merkel over the weekend. And that’s to say nothing of Trudeau, who Trump is now literally at odds with diplomatically.

They hung out on the balcony together:

And Trump promised that “things will be better” after telling Kim what an “honor” it is to be with him:

Jokes aside (and God knows there are so many of them that it isn’t even worth trying to list them all), there is nothing “honorable” about Kim Jong-Un. He’s a despot.

That’s not to say that Bolton-style regime change is a feasible strategy (that would invariably go just as wrong as it went in Iraq and Libya and Syria and everywhere else it’s ever been tried overtly or covertly), it’s just to state the obvious which is that it’s one thing to acknowledge that a power vacuum is perhaps worse than allowing a dictatorship to persist, but it’s entirely another to meet with a dictator and call that meeting an “honor”.

But just when you thought it couldn’t possibly get any fucking sillier, Dennis Rodman showed up on CNN (live from Singapore) and started crying whilst donning a red #MAGA hat and a t-shirt (and do try and appreciate how confused Chris Cuomo is):

As usual, there’s an old Trump tweet just waiting to be resurrected for the occasion:

Your guess is as good as anyone’s in terms of what to make of all this, but what I would say (and I think this assessment is pretty much universal outside of maybe Fox News and the usual Right-wing blogs) is that this summit is first and foremost a publicity stunt that will play well both with Trump’s base and also with North Koreans, who now have “proof” that Kim is taken “seriously” on the international stage.

Meanwhile, as Trump and Kim and Rodman film The Real World Singapore, America’s traditional allies can only look on in disbelief and wonder what comes next.



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5 thoughts on “Stranger Than Fiction: As Trump Meets Kim, Dennis Rodman Has Emotional Breakdown On CNN, Larry Kudlow Has Heart Attack

  1. In the meantime Saudi Arabia is preparing to invade Yemen because they know Donald can’t say no to his autocratic friends…

  2. This is some strange shit. Could it work? A Nobel for the Donald? Highly doubtful and suspect the forlorn Donald was reacting to Kim’s comment , ” Old Dotard, you can not have my nukes and again, no Trump hotels.

  3. Well, well, well. WTF. If this wasn’t so goddamn serious it would we hilarious. OK, it’s hilarious. SNAFU time, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

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