North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has shown what many observers believed was a much thinner figure in a military parade this week and at least one Fox News host is delighted with the apparent transformation.
“He’s fit, he’s funny and fascist!” Rachel Campos-Duffy said in Primetime, mimicking the comment that could accompany a fashion show. “Take a look at Kim Jong Un flaunting his new tanned, slender body at the North Korean military parade.”
He showed pictures of the dictator – one of the world’s most notorious human rights abusers – and said “after this photo, many could start calling him Slim Jong Un”.
Guest Jimmy Failla, a comedian, said he doesn’t buy it.
“It looks good!” Fields-Duffy interrupted. “I’m sorry, he looks better than our president!”
Failla argued that it was a double body.
Campos-Duffy delivered his praises to the physique of a real authoritarian dictator without irony in a program that also featured guests calling President Joe Biden authoritarian:
Human Rights Watch says North Korea is “among the most repressive countries in the world,” noting:
“A 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry found that the government has committed violations of crimes against humanity, including extermination, murder, slavery, torture, rape and forced abortions. North Korea operates secret prison camps where alleged government opponents face off to torture, forced labor and starvation “.
The U.S. State Department also has a lengthy report detailing human rights abuses committed by the Kim regime.
Twitter users were quick to launch the host and Fox News for praise:
Imagine if a progressive or Democrat, imagine if Ilhan Omar !, came out on TV to praise the “look” of a murderous foreign dictator on that of the American president. Imagine. https://t.co/Ptwpxja7uj
– Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) September 10, 2021
“Forget the gulags, the threats to incinerate American cities with nuclear weapons, the starving masses, all the use of anti-aircraft weapons to mutilate anyone who opposes you … forget everything, you look good” https: / / t.co/pxWDBS2CRy
– Brian Klaas (ribrianklaas) September 10, 2021
Fox news is anti-American news.
– 𝐀 𝐕𝐨𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐓𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡 & Justice🇺🇸 (@TruthSalvo) September 10, 2021
If you praise how the North Korean dictator looks like to dig into President Biden, you may want to look in a mirror with the words “are you crazy?” written through the. An hour or so may be enough. Repeat as necessary. https://t.co/m6ITPhCUkr
– Paul Niland (@PaulNiland) September 10, 2021
Well, I hope so; he is 37 years old. But if I were a conservative, this is the point where I would shout, WELL IF YOU LIKE NORTH KOREA WHY DON’T MOVE THERE RACHEL https://t.co/GZlSHuMhha
– Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) September 10, 2021
So would Fox News prefer Kim Jong Un to rule the United States than Biden? And do they call Biden a dictator? I can’t even …
– EightySix45 (@ EightySix45) September 10, 2021
The important thing to keep in mind here is that Rachel is a conservative sow married to a conservative sow. And yet he thinks nothing of aspiring to the worst dictator in the world. This became the Republican Party. Reagan would be a Democrat again. https://t.co/61Lqasv24B
– John Aravosis @️🌈 (@aravosis) September 10, 2021