The basketball great, Dennis Rodman, is one odd duck. He is famous for wearing a dress, sleeping with Madonna and then putting the experience in a tell-all book, and of course, for hanging out with the butcher, Kim Jong-un of North Korea. However, as strange as he is, Rodman is a man of peace. As Fox News has reported, the heavily tattooed superstar broke down crying with joy at what President Donald Trump is trying to accomplish, and he ripped into Obama for “ignoring” North Korea while in office.
While speaking with CNN‘s Chris Cuomo, the flamboyant celebrity known also for this clothing adorned a “Make America Great Again” hat and was quite thankful to the White House for attempting peace with his despotic friend. He even took time to rightfully throw Obama under the bus on live TV.
For a time, there was talk in conspiracy circles that Rodman was/is a spy, and while likely not true, that does not mean that his friendship with Kim Jung-un has no perks when it comes to U.S. interests. Rodman admitted that there were “certain things” that the D.P.R.K. wanted to address and when he tried to convey them to Obama, he “didn’t even give me the time of day — he just brushed me off, but that didn’t deter me.”
So much for the prudent leadership of Obama.
Rather than judging the book by the cover, Mr. Trump chooses to give even the so-called “strange” person a chance, as seen with Kanye West. The result in doing this may be world peace, or, at least regional peace in Asia.
Speaking about what his friendship with Kim has cost him, Rodman said as he wept, “It was amazing when I said those things. When I went back home, I got so many death threats.”
As he shook with emotion, he added, “And I believed in North Korea, and I couldn’t even go home. I couldn’t even go home, for thirty days. But I kept my head up.”
This statement is rather unexpected because, even though some people thought that the N.B.A. hero was bonkers for befriending a butcher, assassination seemed like a stretch. Kim Jung-un has a love for American basketball (and U.S. movies), so his friendship with Rodman is not as off-keel as one would think.
Donald Trump, former reality star, met Kanye in much the same way and for similar reasons. Ironically enough, the U.S. president had Rodman on his show, “The Apprentice,” when he was on tv. The basketball giant was on the show twice.
Rodman said that he thought that he was merely attending a charity event when he first when to N.K. and he had no idea the firestorm that would erupt when he went to the Hermit Kingdom. He said he knew nothing of the backward nation. He was ready to simply play “basketball with a few kids,” and nothing more.
The hoop master did have some words of help for America’s leader, however. “President Trump should understand the fact that the reason the Marshal of North Korea [Kim Jong Un] respects Dennis Rodman is the fact that he trusts me, and I gave him something for his birthday — and I thought I couldn’t pull this off — and I said the day before his birthday, I’m gonna give you a present.”
That promise was to bring a professional basketball team right into North Korea. Rodman admitted that he made the promise “even though I knew I couldn’t do it.” He felt that if he did not “make good” on his promise, there would be a “problem.”
Low and behold, athleticism sparked an international (and quite unlikely friendship) and Rodman began to train a North Korean basketball team and to bring former N.B.A. players to the impoverished nation. Kim Jung-un said that it was the only promise that someone visting made to him and kept.
He suggested that Mr. Trump “show his heart” to Kim Jung-un who “is a big kid, even though he’s short.” Rodman spoke of the leader’s selfie-taking and other “fun” antics. While the sport great’s past words have made it clear that he and Kim “don’t talk politics,” he is talking about a man who runs the most abusive prisons in the world and often kills people with battleship weapons…sometimes family members!
It is good to see more and more people waking up to what Mr. Trump is trying to do for the world, just the same. “If Trump can pull this off, more power to him,” encouraged Rodman. He also said that the U.S. president called to say that he was “very proud” of him via his secretary. (bets are that he cried profusely)
Rodman did speak the truth when he declared, “We don’t need a miracle, but we need the doors to be open so we can start fresh.
“I just wanna bring sports to North Korea,” the former Bull added. “That’s it, sports. … I’m just so happy to be here, man…world’s day.”
Rodman gave a copy of Trump’s “Art of the Deal” book to the sports minister of N.K. and he is hoping for the best possible outcome now that it has all come together.
Certainly, CNN ate crow again. Cuomo has attacked Rodman in the past and asked questions that he felt were inappropriate and he began to swear bitterly at the host. As strange as it sounds, Rodman will have the last laugh if this pans out as well at it seems like it will with North Korea.
So, while even Dennis Rodman beats CNN, let us hope that Mr. Trump can beat down the barriers that separate the U.S.A. from the D.P.R.K. It has been a long time since the world has had a Ronald Reagan and there is no time like the present for peace.