Besties Unite: Rodman Says Kim's Prison Camps No Big Deal Since U.S. Does Same
Former NBA player Dennis Rodman is apparently Kim Jong-un's chosen conduit for avoiding war with the United States.
While on a visit to North Korea, Rodman said the dictator asked him to deliver a message to President Obama: "He said, 'If you can Dennis, I don't want to do war. I don't want to do war', he said that to me."
On ABC's This Week, Rodman said he wasn't especially concerned about Pyongyang's horrendous human rights record during his "great experience" hanging with Kim.
"I didn't look at all of that there. I understand what he's doing. I don't condone that. I hate the fact that he's doing that. But the fact is, you know what? That's a human being. He let his guards down, he did one thing to me, he's been a friend. I didn't talk about that," he said.
"...He loves basketball. And I said the same thing, I said Obama loves basketball. Let's start there. Let's start there. If you see the quotes in the paper says that. He says that by his voice. Both of you guys love basketball so much."
Rodman called the dictator who is featured in nearly every prominent story and photo on the regime's official Korean Central News Agency site "very humble."
"As a kid he's very humble, and he's very -- he's very strong as a man, but he's -- guess what? He doesn't want war. That's one thing he don't want," Rodman said. "I can tell by him, he does one thing, he -- he loves -- he loves power, he loves control."
When asked if Kim is a "great guy" who socks away 200,000 people in prison camps, Rodman replied, "Well, you know, guess what, it's amazing how we do the same thing here."
"We don't have prison camps, guess what, this is all politics, right? This is all politics, right? And the one thing, he don't want to do that. He don't want to do that," he continued. "...I'm not apologizing for him. I think the fact that, you know, he's a good guy to me. Guess what, he's my friend. Guess what, I don't condone what he does, but as far as a person to person, he's my friend. But as far as what he does, you deal with it."
"You know what, seriously, you know what, guess what, guess what, what I did, what I did was history, was history and guess what, it's just like we do over here in America, right? It's amazing that we have presidents over here do the same thing, right? It's amazing that Bill Clinton could do one thing and have sex with his secretary and do one thing and really get away with it and still be powerful."
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