Fox News host Tucker Carlson was present for the historic meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarized Zone on Sunday — and he offered a defense of the murderous North Korean autocrat.
“There’s no defending the North Korean regime, which is a monstrous regime,” Carlson said on Fox News after the meeting at the DMZ. “It’s the last really Stalinist regime in the world. It’s a disgusting place, obviously, so there’s no defending it.”
But despite that remark, Carlson immediately pivoted to defending one of the world’s worst human rights offenders.
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Tucker Carlson justifies KJU's murderous regime: "You've got to be honest about what it means to lead a country, it means killing people. A lot of countries commit atrocities, including our allies."
Carlson adds, 'it's silly and stupid to point out KJU is 'so mean'' pic.twitter.com/FpAKFQUB3c
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“On the other hand, you know, you got to be honest about what it means to lead a country; it means killing people,” Carlson said. “Not on the scale that the North Koreans do, but a lot of countries commit atrocities, including a number that we’re closely allied with.”
Carlson argued that it was “kind of silly and stupid and not helpful,” to focus on the atrocities of the North Korean leadership. Instead, Carlson expressed a world view he views as “more realistic.”
“So, you know, I’m not a relativist or anything, but it’s important to be honest about that. And it’s not necessarily a choice between, you know, the evil people and the great people, it’s a choice most of the time between the bad people and the worse people. I mean, it’s just kind of the nature of life and certainly the nature of power. And I do think that’s how the president sees it. He’s, you know, he’s far less sentimental about this stuff and maybe, I think, more realistic about him. I don’t agree with everything that Trump says, but this is one thing I do agree with. You know, there is a kind of Samantha Power dorm room-like, ‘Oh, they’re so mean,’ and it’s kind of silly and stupid and not helpful.”
“In the end, what matters is what’s good for the United States,” he added. “And you deal with bad people a lot of the time in order to help your own country. And that’s kind of the way I think Trump sees it.”
Human Rights Watch describes the Kim regime as “one of the world’s most repressive states.”
“The government routinely uses arbitrary arrest and punishment of crimes, torture in custody, and executions to maintain fear and control over the population,” the group says.
A 2014 United Nations Commission of Inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea found “systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations have been and are being committed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”
The commission also reported crimes against humanity, including, “extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation.”