Iron Mike Pence today tried to redeem himself for his PR flop at the Winter Olympics, where he was outmaneuvered at every turn by Kim Yo-jong, the 30-year-old sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
He ripped the media for their “fawning” coverage of Ms Kim, who is Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Dept. of the Workers’ Party of Korea. A little envious, perhaps?
The Vice President told the Conservative Political Action Conference, “The sister of Kim Jong-un is a central pillar of the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the plant, an evil family clique that brutalizes subjugates, starves and imprisons its 25M people.”
He’s right. The US wants brother, sister and the rest of the wretched Kim family gone.
But….she sure struck gold at the Pyeongchang Games at the expense of non-medalist Mike.
Ms Kim's mere presence as the first family member to visit South Korea was a very newsworthy event.
Once there, she got rolling by unexpectedly inviting South Korea president Moon Jae-in to dinner with big brother up north, watching from the stands when the unified Korea women’s hockey team took the ice, joining the standing ovation received by the unified team when it marched into the stadium and attending an opening ceremony dinner hosted by president Moon.
Pence and wife Karen, meanwhile, were AWOL at the the dinner hosted by our ally, apparently worried they would bump into North Koreans, and sat glum-faced during the standing-O.
Our defensive VP today rapped “those in the media who think I should have stood and cheered with the North Koreans.”
He missed the point. The cheers were for a unified Korea, which is US policy.
And once safely home, didn't Mike claim that he planned to hold a secret meeting with those same North Koreans? Was that a face-saving gesture for Pence that went bad when the North Koreans allegedly pulled the plug at the last minute?
Pence’s boss knows good PR when he sees it. That why he’s dispatching his own Kim Yo-Jong to the closing Olympic ceremony.
Good luck, Ivanka.