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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: How has this rampant anti-intellectualism, which historically is always the first step toward fascism, spread so thoroughly through the American society that once lauded the kind of rational thought that ushered in the Enlightenment and the Renaissance? Well, look at Trump, who often brags that he doesn’t need to prepare to meet with world leaders to discuss complex negotiations because he has great instincts and goes with his gut. Before meeting with North Korean despot Kim Jong Un, Trump acknowledged he didn’t need facts or information from experts, he would rely on “just my touch, my feel.” Even though this technique usually results in him issuing false statements (an average of 7.6 a day, according to The Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” column), getting facts wrong and having to go back on his promises, he still relies on his gut. In proudly admitting this, he encourages other Americans to do the same.
Has Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star-turned pal of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, been benched for Chinese hoop legend Yao Ming? The former Houston Rockets center, basketball Hall of Famer, and eight-time NBA all-star took center court in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, on Tuesday as Chinese and North Korean basketball players held a friendly match, part of a high-profile sports exchange between the two countries intended to help thaw ties that had been growing chilly over the past year. Senior ruling party officials turned up for the game, but Kim, who was famously serenaded with the birthday song by Rodman in Pyongyang in January 2014, didn’t attend. On the court, Chinese female basketball players who are visiting Pyongyang this week mixed together with North Korean female players to form two teams, called “Friendship” and “Unity.” The Unity team won the match, 107 to 106.
Rodman, who expects Tuesday’s summit to be a success, said the outcome would be dependent on the ability of the two leaders to strike up a personal relationship. “If Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump understand and have a smooth comfortable relationship, smile, laugh, joke … It ain’t gotta be war. It’s gotta be something, everyone, is comfortable with.” Rodman said Kim, who was educated in Switzerland, “understands bits and pieces” of English. “I think people understand that Kim Jong Un is not a dumb man,” said Rodman. “He’s trying to protect his people, his honor, and everything that has to do with his country.”
Wearing a red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap, the former NBA Hall-of-Famer said that Tuesday’s historic meeting was years in the making. “It’s a great day. I am here to see it. I’m so happy,” he said. Rodman, who has previously boasted of his role in bringing the two leaders together, described how he always believed in helping North Korea. “Once I got familiar with the culture and situation, I felt like I was at home,” he said of his previous trips to the reclusive country, initially as part of a basketball delegation.
Dennis Rodman: Good meeting former Homeland Security advisor @TomBossert45 today in Singapore. We had a great conversation about my trips to Pyongyang opening the doors and what a tremendous job @POTUS Trump has been doing and the historical results he had today. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain#USA