Fox News host Sandra Smith was appeared to be upset by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida who contradicted President Donald Trump’s glowing praise of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Um in a tweet:
One more thing about KJU. While I know @potus is trying to butter him up to get a good deal, #KJU is NOT a talented guy. He inherited the family business from his dad & grandfather. He is a total weirdo who would not be elected assistant dog catcher in any democracy.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 12, 2018
Smith appeared stunned that Rubio would criticize a mass murderer such as Kim Jong Un after Trump praised him:
You’ve been tweeting a lot over the past 24 hours, and some have looked at your tweets as not only a criticism of Kim Jong Un, but some have seen them as a criticism as the president.
As you just did now, you called Kim Jong Un a “weirdo,’”you said, “he’s a total weird who would be elected assistant dog catcher in any democracy.”
The president, he sits down with Sean Hannity, he’s talking about Kim Jong Un as someone who appeared to be funny, he’s smart, the president has said of him. So, could you clarify?
Rubio told Smith there was “nothing to clarify”:
The president is the president of the United States. He was democratically elected by the people of this country, and in two and a half years people will have a chance to vote for him, or vote against him.
Kim Jong Un’s never been elected to anything. He inherited from his father and his grandfather a dictatorship, he has murdered people, he has put people in death camps — deep suffering by the people of North Korea.
He has nuclear weapons, he has long-range missiles, he kills people abroad, including his own brother and others, and on top of all that, you know, this whole cult that they’ve created in their own country.
Their government is a cult, it’s almost religious-like in its cult-like elements, it’s a very strange and weird place. It is what it is, and I’m not going to ignore that reality. That’s just a fact, these are not things that I’m making up, they are real.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported about conditions in North Korean June 12:
An estimated 100,000 political prisoners are held in fetid gulag-style prisons, “re-education” camps and forced-labour centers. Many are killed through torture or starved to death, according to defectors who have fled North Korea.