Fox’s Pete Hegseth: Kim Jong Un ‘Probably Doesn’t Love’ Having To ‘Murder His People All Day Long’

Hegseth said that the North Korean dictator's love of basketball and western culture means he likely wants "normalization."

Days after he shrugged and said “meh” over the murders of women and children in Gaza, Fox News host Pete Hegseth suggested that a brutal dictator who rules his impoverished country with an iron fist doesn’t really have his heart in all his killings. And rather than murdering his people, that brutish leader would rather just watch some basketball and American movies.

Appearing on Wednesday morning’s Fox and Friends, Hegseth gave his opinion on the potential summit talks between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. With next month’s Singapore meeting now in doubt as North Korea is seemingly balking over America’s desire that the country completely denuclearize, Hegseth indicated that Kim likely wants to come to a deal with the United States because underneath it all, the dictator’s just an ordinary average guy.

“The guy who wants to meet with Dennis Rodman and loves NBA basketball and loves western pop culture, probably doesn’t love being the guy that has to murder his people all day long,” the informal Trump adviser stated. “Probably wants some normalization. And let’s give it to him if it makes the world safer.”

Ummmm, “has to”? Just gonna leave that there.

Following Hegseth’s segment, The Daily Beast’s Asawin Suebsaeng noted that the Fox News personality embracing Kim under the guise of ‘making the world safer’ is in direct contrast with how conservative media treated Barack Obama’s attempts to make peace with enemies.

Meanwhile, Task and Purpose’s Adam Weinstein pointed out that Hegseth was a defender in taking out Iraq’s Saddam Hussein yet here he is flip-flopping in hopes that Trump will give him a head-pat.

And even Dictionary.com weighed in (and dunked) on Hegseth’s TV hit.

Anyway, below is video of Hegseth’s remarks, via Media Matters’ John Whitehouse.

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Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.

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