They have a great fervor

The Post editorial board singles out one thing Trump has said about North Korea for opprobrium.

“His country does love him,” Mr. Trump said, speaking to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “His people, you see the fervor. They have a great fervor.”

Yes, you see the fervor, because anyone in North Korea who does not display fervor for their leader may end up in a concentration camp. No one in North Korea may criticize Mr. Kim and expect to survive. If someone is suspected of disloyalty, his or her entire family is liable to be imprisoned or killed. Between 80,000 and 120,000 people are kept in these political concentration camps, and almost none survive or are ever released. Rape and forcible abortion and infanticide are the policies of the camps.

“The people of North Korea faced egregious human rights violations by the government in nearly all reporting categories,” the State Department said in its 2017 human rights report, “including: extrajudicial killings; disappearances; arbitrary arrests and detentions; torture; political prison camps in which conditions were often harsh, life threatening, and included forced and compulsory labor; . . . arbitrary interference with privacy, family, home, and correspondence, and denial of the freedoms of speech, press, assembly, association, religion, and movement; denial of the ability to choose their government; coerced abortion; trafficking in persons; . . . domestic forced labor through mass mobilizations and as a part of the re-education system.”

Trump doesn’t read humans rights reports, and he wouldn’t care about them if he did. He has other concerns.

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